As Iowa lawmakers continue to debate expanding Iowa’s Medicaid program to cover more low-income residents, one aspect of the debate is the economic impact of expansion on both the state and its community hospitals. The Iowa Hospital Association says by insuring as many as 150,000 low-income Iowans, Medicaid expansion would also help alleviate the growing amount of charity care and bad debt among Iowa hospitals. The IHA also says expansion will also help Iowa hospitals remain key drivers of Iowa’s economy. Iowa community hospitals generate more than 133,000 jobs that add nearly $6.2 billion to the state’s economy. Locally, Trinity Regional Medical Center generates 1,313 jobs that add $68,299,894 to Webster County’s economy.