Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms

Iowa state legislature, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, came up with an alternative: Federal expansion dollars would pay for managed care policies that poor people would select on the HealthCare.gov site.
Published Online: January 03, 2014
At the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, Iowa, health insurance navigator Andrea Pearce stood in a crowded dining hall on a recent day, shouting instructions on how residents can sign up for Medicaid.

“If you do not have insurance and you want to enroll and you have an e-mail address where you know the password,” she said, “come to the computer lab we will guide you through the application.”

Jerry Gross enthusiastically darted to the front of the line. This tall 56-year-old carries just a duffle bag and his winter coat. He arrived in Des Moines in early December.

He says when he can’t find a job in one town, he hitchhikes until he can find work. But he’s uninsured, and taking care of his health is always tough.

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Source: Kaiser Health News



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