Iowa Health Overhaul

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa's insurance commissioner has submitted paperwork outlining information about the upcoming state-federal health insurance partnership.

Nick Gerhart submitted documents late Thursday to U.S. Health and Human Resources Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The blueprint hashes out details about how Iowans can buy their health insurance.

The documents say Iowa will retain a lot of management control in the exchange. That includes regulating insurance plans and determining eligibility for Medicaid and children's health insurance programs. The Iowa Insurance Division also will oversee companies participating in the exchange and its qualified health plans.

Federal health officials now need to accept the paperwork. The exchange will be implemented in Iowa by January 1, 2014.

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