Iowa is ranked as the 20th healthiest state to live in, according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Iowa, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Health Insurance Plan of Iowa
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Iowa started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Iowa's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Iowa Insurance Division Consumers Affairs Bureau — Includes information on health care and insurance topics for consumers in Iowa.
Iowa Hawk I – children’s health — Iowa’s program to help families with low income provide health insurance for their children.
Iowa Medicaid Enterprise — A government program to help the poor obtain health care services. Also eligible are pregnant women and children 18 and under who meet income requirements, along with aged, blind, and disabled individuals.
Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program — Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program – can provide answers to questions on Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long term care insurance and other health insurance issues.
The Iowa Policy Project — Impact of various components of the Affordable Care Act on Iowans.
State of Iowa health reform information — Health reform facts and explanations offered on different topics by government agencies and insurance regulatory bodies.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Iowa.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Iowa -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Iowa.
Why health care reform is important to Iowa -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Iowa.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Iowa -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Iowa.
Iowa mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Iowa -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $100 per family in 2012.
12/14/2012 4:12 PM
Sioux City Journal — Gov. Terry Branstad notified the federal government that Iowa will have a partnership health insurance exchange in 2014. However, his letter made clear that he has questions about how exchanges will operate and has doubts that an exchange will improve health care quality or reduce costs.
08/24/2012 6:08 PM
Des Moines Register — Iowa received a $27 million federal grant to upgrade the computer system that will be used to operate its health insurance exchange. Even so, state Democrats charge that Republican stalling will lead to the federal government operating Iowa’s exchange in its first year.
08/17/2012 4:08 PM
A study released by the University of Iowa shows that kids in the Hawkeye State are healthier and happier than their counterparts elsewhere. And why not? A full 97 percent of the kids in the 2010 survey had medical insurance coverage — much higher than the national average of 91 percent. And things should get even sunnier for Iowa kids as provisions of the Affordable Care Act will make it easier to maintain that coverage into adulthood.
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