The March 1 deadline is quickly approaching for people to select a healthcare plan through the federal marketplace. Three Iowans joined by Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, took to the state capitol Tuesday morning to share how the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has helped them and to urge others to get covered.
Hogg said the Affordable Care Act is working for “tens of thousands of Iowans” including in his own community of Linn County, where he’s talked with community members who are eligible for healthcare plans. Hogg said as of Tuesday 68,000 Iowans are covered under Medicaid expansion plans. Just under 5,000 residents in Linn County have enrolled in the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan as of Feb. 1. Hogg said people don’t have to navigate the healthcare system alone but can seek help through certified application counselors in their community or through their insurance agent. If citizens miss the March deadline they have to wait until November when the 2015 open enrollment begins.Organizing for Action, an advocacy group encouraging residents to enroll in a healthcare plan, sponsored the talk.