Reynolds Denies Report Stop-Gap Tumult

HIAWATHA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- In an interview with KCRG-TV9 Governor Reynolds says she doesn't "buy into that" report that President Trump doesn't want Iowa's stopgap proposal approved.

Last week the Washington Post reported President Trump heard about Iowa's proposal to help the Affordable Care Act individual market place and didn't like it. The Post cited sources saying he called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and asked them to reject the proposal.

On Tuesday while in Hiawatha, Governor Reynolds says she doesn't think that report is true. She said the state is constantly working with federal officials to get the approval.

"We're working with them on a daily basis. We had Commissioner Ommen out working with the White House and a couple of my directors last week. I was on the phone with the deputy house chief of staff yesterday," said Reynolds.

The stop gap proposal would replace the subsidies available from the Affordable Care Act with state tax credits to lower the cost of premiums. If this proposal passes, Wellmark has promised to come back to the market, which would give Iowans more providers and lower costs.

Without it, an economic analysis shows some 20,000 Iowans may lose health coverage next year. Worse, Medica could drop out, leaving Iowans with no options.

Right now, Medica is the only insurer says it is increasing premiums more than 43% because of uncertainty over funding from the federal government.

Karen Wielert with the Community Health Free Clinic says premiums could go up 50% if President Trump blocks the stop gap. Read more about that story here.

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