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    You also may be eligible for cost-sharing subsidies if your income is below $29,700 for an individual or $60,750 for a family of four. Cost-sharing subsidies will lower your out-of-pocket costs when you get medical care. Cost-sharing subsidies are available only if you buy a silver-level plan.

    Medicaid Expansion  : Some states expanded their Medicaid programs so more people can get health insurance coverage. Because Iowa is one of them, you may be eligible if your annual income is no more than about $16,394 for one person and $33,534 for a family of four.

    CHIP: The Children's Health Insurance Program, called hawk-i in Iowa, provides coverage for children of some families who have a low income but are not eligible for Medicaid.

    Check with or to see if you are eligible for these programs.

    Available Resources

    In addition to, there are several ways you can get help with your insurance decisions:

    • Call Center: You can call the federal government's help line, 800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for information, help, and to buy insurance.
    • Navigators and Assisters: They can teach you about the Marketplace and guide you through your insurance decisions. Here are the organizations approved to operate Navigator programs. 
    • Local, State, and Federal Organizations: Many health and community organizations, public libraries, and hospitals are offering help. Find a list at Iowa Insurance Consumer Advocate.
    • Insurance Brokers and Agents: People in the insurance business who are specially trained also can help you buy insurance through the Marketplace, and they may have policies that are not offered on the Marketplace. You can only get tax credits or subsidies if you buy through the Marketplace, though.


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