Branstad has considered the expansion of Iowa Care, another health insurance program in the state, to help the uninsured. He has since learned that this cannot be done, and it is not a good idea, as only two hospitals in the state accept Iowa Care, one in Des Moines and one in Iowa City.
In regard to mental health reform, a law passed, requiring counties to work together to form mental health districts, is being implemented. The House has appropriated $11.6 million for transitional funding for this, which Sinclair said the Senate backs. Not every county will receive such funding, as they did not act before the deadline. Marion County did meet the deadline and should receive transitional assistance.