Rosenboom and Gaskill explained if low-income Iowans who qualify for the new health care act do what's best for their health — smoking cessation classes, nutritional education, an annual physical — their premium will be waived.
There is an expansion of Medicaid, but it's not as wide-ranging as Democrats had originally asked for.
Before the rules are finalized, the public will have a chance for input. The state is scheduling public hearings. Gaskill said those meetings are planned for larger cities but that residents can always submit comments in writing. To see whether the new act is acceptable to the federal government, the new law, as well as public comment, is sent to Washington and reviewed.
"We will have a plan," said Gaskill. "It may not be exactly what we had. But 150,000 low-income uninsured Iowans will have health insurance."