Iowa learned of the bonus on Monday and Charles Krogmeier, the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, says Iowa has long been a leader in covering the health needs of children and the timing of the bonus couldn’t be better.
The Des Moines Register reports the bonus will be enough to cover a projected $5 million shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
But state lawmakers still face an estimated $581 million increase in Medicaid expenses for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Iowa was one of 15 states that received bonuses.
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