By Ed Tibbetts
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad raised the prospect Wednesday of creating an online health insurance marketplace with three other Midwest states.
In a meeting with Quad-City Times reporters and editors, the governor said he plans to speak with the governors of South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas about the matter.
"It seems to me it would be worth exploring ...," he said.
Branstad has been critical of the Affordable Care Act and its web portal, HealthCare.gov. But unlike some other Republican governors, he compromised with the Obama administration and legislative Democrats to allow for an expansion of Medicaid in the state. He also agreed to have the state partner with the administration on aspects of its online marketplace.
Late last year, Iowa got a $1 million federal grant to begin planning for a transition to a state-based exchange by 2016.
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