Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

December 19, 2013

Extension workshops help answer questions

By Suzanne Bartholomae and Laura Sternweis
The Daily Iowegian

---- — AMES — Iowans who have applied for health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace but have not received written confirmation on the status of their application should make a follow-up phone call, suggests Barb Wollan, a family finance specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“If you haven’t received the results of your application, such as your eligibility for tax credit and what plans you can choose from, then call the marketplace at 800-318-2596. You’ll have the option of enrolling over the phone, or you can use the information you receive from the call and log into the marketplace so you can compare plans before enrolling,” Wollan said.

Those who enroll in the Marketplace by Dec. 23 can get health insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Open enrollment closes March 31.

Iowans who want to better understand their health insurance options may participate in Smart Choice Health Insurance workshops from ISU Extension and Outreach. Wollan and other ISU Extension and Outreach family finance specialists are teaching the workshops throughout the state. ISU Extension and Outreach is offering the free workshops to build Iowans’ health insurance literacy so they can make informed decisions and choose a health insurance policy that meets their needs. Contact any ISU Extension and Outreach county office for details.