Key things about health enrollment in Iowa - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Key things about health enrollment in Iowa

Posted: Updated:
  • KWWL.com LinksMore>>

  • NEWS

    NEWS

    NEWS

    Local, breaking news for eastern Iowa. We've got you covered with newsrooms in Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Click here for breaking news on-air, online and on-the-go.

    More >>

    Local, breaking news for eastern Iowa. We've got you covered with newsrooms in Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Click here for breaking news on-air, online and on-the-go.

    More >>
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act started Saturday. Here are some things to know about the health care enrollment process in Iowa:
   TIMELINE
   The second enrollment period to buy insurance on the health insurance exchanges runs from Nov. 15 through Feb 15. Iowa is one of 37 states using the federal healthcare.gov website for people to seek insurance and apply for subsidies to help pay premiums.
   ENROLLMENT STATS
   Just over 29,000 people signed up for health insurance in Iowa using the federal insurance marketplace during the first enrollment period. Many of them qualified for federal aid to help cover the premium costs.
   MEDICAID EXPANSION
   Iowa sought a federal waiver to do a modified Medicaid expansion. The federally funded program enrolls some people in a state-run health plan, while others get premiums covered for private insurance. Roughly 113,000 people are enrolled.
   OUTREACH
   The state is offering some educational outreach and several medical organizations are helping enroll people. Information on how to get help is available on the Iowa Insurance Consumer Advocate website. Planned Parenthood is one of the organizations offering enrollment help. They have events scheduled in November and December.
   PENALTIES
   The penalty for an adult who does not have insurance will go up in 2015 to a minimum of $325. People pay the fee in their tax returns the following year. And the fees will only grow. The penalty will increase in 2016 to a minimum of $695.

Powered by Frankly