The federal government shut-down means federal offices will be closed, but Iowa's governor says state government will be open for business.
However, some Iowa National Guard soldiers and some workers at the Rock Island Arsenal will be furloughed. The state-level health insurance exchanges that were created by the federal Affordable Care Act start taking applications today.
Governor Branstad says some of the low-income Iowans who can start getting health care coverage through Medicaid can start enrolling on the state health care exchange today -- even though the state doesn't have a federal waiver for some of the program requirements that are unique to Iowa.
The main sticking point for Iowa is the proposed monthly premium some of the new Medicaid recipients would be required to pay under the "Iowa Health and Wellness" plan.
CONTRIBUTED BY LEARFIELD COMMUNICATIONS