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PRICE OF POLITICS, ETC: More Obamacare Problems, Iowans Should Reapply

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Republicans just found more campaign material for the elections next year. The highly criticized, key portal of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act,, is suffering from still more issues, and because of that, the Iowa Department of Human Services said late Friday afternoon about 16,000 Iowans should reapply for coverage. The DHS sent out a statement that said the issues with the federal website delayed sending Iowans information back to the state for processing. DHS expected to have that information Monday but said the federal site’s problems will mean that won’t happen. has been plagued by failures, glitches and delays since it launched October 1st.

That means even though Iowans already applied through the federal site, they will now have to apply again through a state site or call center, according to DHS. DHS also said it can’t say whether Iowans’ health care needs will be covered in the meantime.

Here is the full DHS statement:

The Iowa Department of Human Services learned today that will delay sending additional application information, and is advising Iowans who applied through the federal portal that they should reapply through the state website or call center.

Currently, the files sent by CMS do not include enough information for the state to process applications. Federal officials had indicated they would send more complete information by Monday, December 30, but notified DHS this afternoon that there will be additional delay.

“We are working hard to ensure that Iowans who applied through will be enrolled in health coverage. We are encouraging Iowans who applied at the federal portal to reapply through our state website and call center,” said DHS Director Charles M. Palmer. “We will make every effort to process applications in a timely manner so that these Iowans can have certainty about their health care coverage.”

DHS is sending emails and letters to the nearly 16,000 Iowans whose applications are held at the federal hub. These communications will inform them that DHS will continue to work with CMS, but that Iowans should reapply through the state website at or by calling 1-855-889-7985.

Due to the delay with the federal website, if an individual needs to see a health care provider during this interim period we can’t guarantee coverage. However, Medicaid eligibility begins the first day of the month in which an individual applies. Applications received between October 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014, will be reviewed for January 2014 eligibility. 

Applications will be processed based on the date received, so we encourage Iowans who applied through to reapply through the state as soon as possible.




  • Ron Robinson

    Yeah so they tell 16,000 Iowans on Friday that they must reapply for coverage – must make them feel ‘twice cancelled’ – and then on Saturday, the Iowa DHS takes their web site down.

    Bravo. Wish more Iowans knew about Dr. Ben Carson ( who has been speaking truth to power about our national healthcare issues. Hey Iowa, don’t you have caucuses next month??

    Hey the Democrats have proved many times over that they can deploy great tech when they want to – like when they are campaigning to get elected – why can’t they deploy that great tech when it’s the regular citizens who are depending on good tech??

  • Kathy D.

    This is terrible news, but even worse will be when the people actually NEED to use their health care coverage. Imagine how these same computers can be the difference between life and death. Frightening. Dr. Ben Carson had some great ideas on alternates to the Obamacare nightmare that provide better coverage more simply and economically. See

  • Scott Gteene

    Coming to Obamacare April 2014 —
    Once you finally do get signed up and it turns out you don’t like the insurance plan you picked, it is ILLEGAL to change to another plan. You are stuck with the plan you picked no matter whether you like it or can afford it. At that point your only option is to stop making the monthly payments and have no insurance the rest of the year. But then Obamacare will hit you with IRS tax penalties which is your punishment for not making your monthly insurance payments.

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