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Linn County Looks to Help Residents Sign Up for Medicaid Expansion

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - With Iowa's Medicaid expansion, a major concern has been making people who are potentially eligible aware of how to sign up.

On Saturday, another push to help people understand eligibility guidelines, from income limits to other variables to determine whether or not they qualify for Iowa's expanded Medicaid program.

About 8% of Iowans who have signed up for the expanded Medicaid are from Linn County. Democratic State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids - a long-time supporter of this - spoke at the Linn Community Center on the efforts.

" What people need to know is there are people at these organizations here who are, whose job is to help them get rolled. They're not insurance agents. They're not selling things. They are to help people get enrolled," Hogg said.

He was referring to the Certified Application Counselors who help with working through the necessary forms. This deal was reached late last year to allow Iowans with incomes up to 138% of the poverty line to become eligible.

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