Transitioning from Medicaid

As states return to their normal Medicaid operations following the end of the COVID-19 related continuous coverage requirement, Iowa Medicaid members may be transitioned to other health care coverage beginning May 1, 2023. If you are transitioning from Medicaid, it's important to understand your health coverage options so you can enroll in a new and affordable health plan right away. 

  • Losing Medicaid is a qualifying life event, which allows you to enroll in a health plan outside the annual open enrollment period. The amount of time you have to select a new plan depends on the type of healthcare you choose. Please take action right away. 
  • Coverage is affordable! Government programs make health care coverage affordable for everyone. Many Iowans can obtain coverage for low monthly premiums. Visit to learn about your options. 
  • Finding health care coverage can be overwheleming, but it doesn't have to be! See the guide below to help you navigate the process.

If you are under age 65

If you are turning or over age 65

Enroll in health care coverage for you and your family.

  • Enroll at
  • Contact a licensed agent, broker or navigator.

You can start shopping for Medicare plans. 

  • Contact Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
    • 800-351-4664
  • Go to
  • Contact a licensed agent or broker.

Enroll in a plan provided by your employer.

  • Ask your employer if they offer health plans as a part of their benefits package

Types of Assistance

  • An agent or broker is a trained insurance professonal who can help you enroll in a health insurance plan. Some brokers represent one insurance company, while others may represent several. You won't pay any additional fees if you enroll with an agent or broker. 
  • A Navigator or assister is a person or organization who is trained to help consumers and small businesses and their employees. They can help you look for health coverage options through the Health Care Marketplace, including helping fill out eligibility and enrollment forms. Their services are free to consumers. 
  • Visit to find assistance in your area. 


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