Roughly 16,000 Iowans signed up for health care coverage on the federal health care website, but due to all the issues with the site and information not getting where it needs to go in a timely way, the Iowa Department of Human Services is telling these thousands of people to reapply through the state site instead. This is a matter of some urgency, as many health care plans are supposed to kick off by January 1 and the deadline to meet that goal already passed this week.
According to the Des Moines Register, thousands of people who registered on the federal website, healthcare.gov, were informed they could qualify for Medicaid and so their information was supposed to be transferred from the federal site to the state so it could be processed, but that’s “been complicated by technical problems.”
And so the thousands of people stuck in the middle of this is now reportedly receiving e-mails encouraging them to quickly reapply at the state site. This presents a problem for anyone who needs to go to the doctor in the intervening time, but a spokeswoman for the Iowa DHS said anyone this problem affects who qualifies for Medicaid would ultimately “have coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.”
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