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Changes would add costs to IowaCare, official says, February 3, 2010

Iowa legislators should expect many more patients to sign up for a healthcare program for the poor if the state makes the program more convenient to use, a top administrator said. Lawmakers are considering changing the IowaCare program, which now can only be used at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City or at Broadlawns Medical Center in Polk County. Possible changes include allowing patients to receive routine healthcare at safety-net clinics around the state, and allowing them to use local hospitals for emergency care, the Des Moines Register reports.