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Iowans Asked to Reapply for Health Insurance

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The Iowa Department of Human Services is asking Iowans who signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov to reapply through the state website or call center.

This only affects Iowans who both applied HealthCare.gov and are eligible for Medicaid. It does not apply to those who filled out applications through state resources, or those who have already purchased coverage through the federal website.
  
Federal officials have not yet sent enough information for the state to process current applications. Federal officials said they would send more complete information by Monday, December 30th, but notified DHS on December 27th that there will be additional delay.
  
We are working hard to ensure that Iowans who applied through HealthCare.gov will be enrolled in health coverage. We are encouraging Iowans who applied at the federal portal to reapply through our state website and call center, said DHS Director Charles M. Palmer. We will make every effort to process applications in a timely manner so that these Iowans can have certainty about their health care coverage.
  
DHS is sending emails and letters to the nearly 16,000 Iowans whose applications are held at the federal hub.
  
Iowans can reapply through the state website at dhsservices.iowa.gov or by calling 1-855-889-7985.  Applications will be processed based on the date received, so officials ask folks to reapply through the state as soon as possible.
  
Due to the delay with the federal website, if an individual needs to see a health care provider during this interim period, officials cant guarantee coverage. However, Medicaid eligibility begins the first day of the month in which an individual applies. Applications received between October 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014, will be reviewed for January 2014 eligibility.
  
Again, folks can reapply through the state website at dhsservices.iowa.gov or by calling 1-855-889-7985.
 
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