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State/Federally Funded Programs

The following low-cost insurance programs are available to uninsured children and adults who qualify.

Click on each program's name to obtain more information about eligibility and registration. Also, ask insurance carriers in your county if they offer low-cost coverage for young adults.

  • Hawk-I
  • Hawk-i is a program that provides health care coverage for Iowa children in families with limited incomes. Many families who work hard to make ends meet can get low-cost or free health care coverage for their children up to age 19.

  • Medicaid
  • Medicaid is an essential source of health care insurance for seniors and people with disabilities or low income. There are many different Medicaid programs available to Iowa residents.

  • Medicare
  • Our Medicare section offers comprehensive, official information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The official government handbook, "Medicare & You," includes sections on Medicare coverage choices, choosing a prescription plan, financial assistance, your Medicare rights, and more.

    For more information about the Medicare Advantage Plans, other Medicare Health Plans, or Medicare Prescription Drug Plans available in your area, visit medicare.gov on the Web or call (800) MEDICARE (800-633-4227). TTY users should call (877) 486-2048.

    Learn more about private insurance enrollment for Medicare D.


SHIP is a free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. SHIPs mission is to educate, advocate, counsel and empower people to make informed healthcare benefit decisions. SHIP is an independent program funded by Federal agencies and is not affiliated with the insurance industry.

In Iowa, the program is known as the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). For more information, please click here or call (800) 351-4664.