DES MOINES (AP) — Three Iowa organizations will receive grant money to help people sign up for insurance under the new health care law, President Barack Obama's administration announced Thursday.
Around $600,000 in grants will go to Genesis Health System, Visiting Nurses of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. The organizations will provide outreach service around the state to help people learn about the law and their insurance options.
According to the announcement from the federal government, Genesis will work with residents and small business, Visiting Nurses will provide service in 38 of Iowa's 99 counties and Planned Parenthood will offer outreach in 61 counties.
In all, the federal government is giving $67 million in grants to 105 organizations in states that are letting the federal government run their online insurance marketplaces. Iowa is partnering with the federal government for the exchange and has not allocated any state dollars for marketing or outreach.
Six other companies have been approved by the state to participate in Iowa's exchange, including two — Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc. and CoOportunity Health — that would offer coverage to individual buyers throughout the state. The other four companies have applied to offer plans with regional limits or that apply only to group insurance.
Enrollment for the health law's new coverage options starts Oct. 1, and benefits kick in Jan. 1.
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