CHECKING IN: Lawmakers Hear How ACA Is Going
Wednesday lawmakers met to discuss how the Affordable Health Care Act is going on here in Iowa.
“When they show up at Broadlawns we know how to get these people enrolled, we`ve enrolled over 7,500 individuals either through the Marketplace or through Iowa Medicaid,” says Mikki Steir with Broadlawns Medical Center.
Stier says a lot of progress has been made, but they’re continuing to reach out to central Iowans who may face challenges when trying to sign up.
“Anything we can do bilingually, multi-language, multi-culture, we`re doing. Our outreach is expansive, between Iowa Medicaid and the Insurance Commissioner`s Office we think we have a good collaboration for enrollment,” says Steir.
But there are still concerns, including issues with the payment system, referrals and educating people on which plan is best for them.
The Federal Government provided the money for Health Care Navigators to help, but the funding ends this summer and officials are worried people could fall through the cracks.
“We`ve got 16 to 18 of these extremely qualified individuals in the state that there won`t be funds to employ them after August. It would be nice if we could work out a way to somehow maintain that level and skillset because they`re licensed for three years,” says Health Care Navigator Denise Hotopp.
Health and Human Services Chair Sen. Jack Hatch says the goal is to turn those challenges into opportunities.
“We think the benefit is more Iowans are going to be healthy, the greater ability to stay healthy and that`s why we all agree Iowa can be the healthiest state in the nation,” says Sen. Hatch.
Open enrollment on the Health Care Marketplace ends March 31st.
After that deadline you could be fined up to 1 percent of your household income.