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State Senator Steve Sodders-NEW AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS

October 4, 2013
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Iowa is a national leader when it comes to health insurance coverage for our citizens. We worked successfully in recent years to ensure all Iowa kids can see a doctor when they need to. Now we’re making sure every Iowa adult also has access to affordable health care. This was a top priority during the 2013 session. Our bipartisan work led to the Iowa Health & Wellness Plan, which will begin providing health insurance coverage on January 1, 2014. Starting October 1, Iowans can sign up for the Iowa Health & Wellness Plan or for private coverage through the new “Health Insurance Marketplace.” These new health insurance options will: •Make quality, affordable health care available to the 300,000 Iowans who are currently uninsured. •Reduce the increase in health care costs for everyone. •Focus on prevention and improving health, which will help Iowa become the healthiest state in the nation. All plans will cover doctor visits, preventive care, hospital stays and prescriptions. Discrimination based on gender or pre-existing conditions is not allowed beginning in 2014. In addition, many Iowa families and small businesses will qualify for a break on their monthly premiums. If you don’t have health insurance or if you want to explore your options, go to www.healthcare.gov. The site will provide accurate, easy-to-understand information toanswer your questions about premiums, purchasing insurance, qualifying for financial assistance and more. This official one-stop shop will help you review health care options, compare insurance plans and enroll in the coverage that is right for you. To speak with someone about your health insurance options, dial the 24/7 call center at 1-800-318-2596. Additional information This is a legislative update from Senator Steve Sodders, representing Marshall and Tama counties, as well as La Porte City and southern parts of Black Hawk County. For newsletters, photos and further information, go to www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/sodders. To contact Senator Sodders during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise he can be reached at home at 641-483-2383. E-mail him at steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov. Senator Sodders is Senate President Pro Tem and chair of the Economic Growth Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary, Agriculture, Labor & Business, State Government, Veterans Affairs, and Rules & Administration committees.

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