About 750 Iowans Enrolled in Marketplace Plans

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Just over 750 Iowa residents have enrolled in private health insurance plans using the federal marketplace website.

New data released by the federal government Wednesday shows that enrollment is edging up in Iowa. But the enrollment number represents a fraction of the people who have applied for coverage on the website.

In October and November, nearly 13,000 applications were completed on the website, for insurance to cover roughly 25,000 people. Out of those applicants, 750 were able to complete the process and sign up for private insurance.

From those applications, about 5,000 individuals have been deemed eligible for financial assistance to pay for insurance and roughly 7,400 will be eligible for low-income health programs like Medicaid.

Federal authorities have been working to fix glitches on the enrollment website.

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