Quad-City Times, December 16, 2013
Between the troubled federal insurance enrollment website and uncertainty over Medicaid expansion, the months leading up to the kick-off of President Barack Obama's new health care law have been bumpy in Iowa. Now, with weeks to go before the program starts, those issues have largely been resolved, though questions remain about if the state is ready. Starting Jan. 1, many of the provisions of the health law go into effect, including insurance coverage for those who signed up for private plans on the federal enrollment website. The state's modified Medicaid expansion which uses federal dollars to offer coverage to some low-income Iowans has been granted federal approval and will also begin that day.