The Ottumwa Courier

AP Iowa

October 21, 2013

Iowa insurance enrollments begin trickling in

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa residents are slowly exploring their options under President Barack Obama's health care law after technical glitches stalled the rollout of the new federally run online insurance marketplaces.

Detailed enrollment data isn't available because the federal government, which is running the so-called exchanges in Iowa and 35 other states, has not provided any numbers since the new marketplaces were launched Oct. 1. But a spokeswoman for one of the two insurance companies providing insurance in Iowa through the exchange said they have had 16 people enroll using the federal website during the first two weeks.

Leigh R. McGivern , a spokeswoman for CoOportunity Health, said they expect enrollment to increase in the coming months as the federal government deals with website delays that have plagued the first few weeks of the process.

"I think patience and persistence are the words of the day," McGivern said.

A spokeswoman for Iowa's other exchange provider, Coventry Health Care of Iowa, said it was too soon to release any numbers. The Obama administration is not expected to provide enrollment data until later this fall.

Matthew Covington, an organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, which supports the health care law, said he was optimistic people will be able to get enrolled in the coming months.

"Once the rush subsides a bit or they beef up some infrastructure, we'll see some positive developments," Covington said. "Darn near everyone knew this wasn't going to roll out with bells and whistles."

Under the health care law, which seeks to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance, individuals are required to have health insurance from their employer or purchase it. Those who don't buy insurance will be assessed a penalty next year. Those shopping for insurance in Iowa should be able to use the federal marketplace website to compare plans and apply for subsidies to help cover the cost. The earliest coverage could begin is Jan. 1.

Text Only
AP Iowa
  • Northwest Iowa man dies in hay bale accident WESTFIELD, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has died after being hit with a hay bale. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1lyRu37 ) 76-year-old Barry E. Knapp, of Westfield, died Tuesday while stacking hay bales. The Plymouth County She

    July 24, 2014

  • Hearing set for Iowan held as deaths case witness AKRON, Iowa (AP) — A detention hearing has been scheduled Aug. 4 for a 44-year-old man held as a material witness in the deaths of an elderly couple. The man has been held since he was taken into custody in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on July 10, the day a

    July 24, 2014

  • Five charged after eastern Iowa police chase SOLON, Iowa (AP) — A two-county police chase in eastern Iowa has ended in the backyard of a house in Solon. Deputies say two teenagers and three men from Cedar Rapids were taken into custody Wednesday night. They face a variety of charges. The five w

    July 24, 2014

  • 2012 fatal boat pilot offers insurance money DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man facing lawsuits involving a jon boat crash that killed four people and injured six others on the Mississippi River in 2012 has agreed to hand over $300,000 from an insurance policy, but he wants a judge to absolve him of

    July 24, 2014

  • Spontaneous combustion causes Cedar Rapids fire CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids fire officials say a fire at a local bar was caused by spontaneous combustion of rags and towels containing animal fat. An early morning fire Wednesday at the Chrome Horse Saloon and Slop House damaged the first

    July 24, 2014

  • Fired Iowa editor claims religious discrimination NEWTON (AP) — The former editor of the Newton Daily News has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs.In the complaint filed Wednesday, Bob Eschliman claimed re

    July 24, 2014

  • Propane suppliers: buy ahead to avoid price spikes DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — State officials and propane suppliers are advising consumers to fill their tanks before cold weather arrives because prices could climb again this winter. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1obSe2U ) prices will

    July 23, 2014

  • Woman convicted of murder in Des Moines stabbing DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman has been convicted of stabbing to death a 28-year-old man in Des Moines last year. The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/1nTD5yx ) 22-year-old Miranda Rose Petithory Metcalf was found guilty of second-degree mu

    July 23, 2014

  • Sioux City escape returned to jail SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man missing from a Sioux City work release facility since July 12 is back in jail after he was located in a Sioux City apartment. The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1rztX9D ) Dexter James-Lloyd No Ear was taken in

    July 23, 2014

  • Burlington City Council fails to censure member BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — An evenly divided Burlington City Council failed to pass a resolution censuring one of its own members for cursing and storming out of a meeting earlier this month. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports (http://bit.ly/1ucN6jT ) the

    July 23, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National