Iowa health insurance applications delayed by federal hub

Dec 28, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of Iowans who applied for health insurance through the federal government website may not have coverage on January 1st because of a delay in paperwork.

The Iowa Department of Human Services said Friday that those Iowans should reapply through the state website or a call center because federal officials would be late in sending the application information to the state.

DHS says it has sent emails and letters to nearly 16,000 Iowans whose applications are being held at the federal hub. They added that if a person needs to see a health care provider in the interim, there's no guarantee of coverage.

DHS Director Charles M. Palmer said in a statement that officials will make every effort try to process applications in a timely manner.

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