Lawmakers' failure to act reeks of discrimination
It’s reasonable to assume when a serious problem can easily be fixed that someone in charge will fix it. But the board overseeing Iowa’s federal high-risk insurance pool doesn’t care about what is reasonable. Nor, it seems, does the Iowa Legislature.
The board has had numerous opportunities to right a wrong and help HIV-positive Iowans sign up for health insurance they are entitled to. The board was created by the Legislature, but the board has refused to budge. So it’s disappointing that the Legislature declined to step in and make changes to the insurance pool and its board of overseers that would made insurance coverage available to Iowans dealing with HIV.
As part of the health reform law, Congress created a temporary insurance program to immediately help uninsured Americans. These are people with preexisting health problems who cannot get coverage on the open market. The federal government allocated $35 million to Iowa, which projected it would cover about 1,000 people in its new high-risk pool. In the most recent federal count, only 238 Iowans were enrolled.