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Iowa - Open enrollment for children under the age of 19

(for Alliance SelectSM and Blue Advantage® policies)


During the open enrollment period from July 1 through August 14, 2013, all children under the age of 19 can apply for a child-only policy or be added to an existing policy1. Children under the age of 19 will not be denied coverage or have coverage for certain conditions limited or excluded because of any existing medical conditions.

 

Applications accepted July 1, 2013, through August 14, 2013.

 

To Apply:

 

Purchase a new child-only policy

Add a dependent to an existing policy

  • Contact your authorized, independent Wellmark agent
  • Call Customer Service at 1-800-847-1506

 

Outside of the open enrollment period (August 15 through June 30), child-only policies are not available. Children under the age of 19 can still apply for guaranteed-issue coverage as part of a new family policy application. Or, when a qualifying event occurs, a child under the age of 19 can apply for a child-only policy or be added as a dependent to an existing policy. Qualifying events include birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, or involuntary loss of creditable coverage (such as group or hawk-i).

 

Applications for a new child-only policy due to all other qualifying events (including birth or adoption) must be received within 31 days after the event date.

 

To add an individual under the age of 19 to an existing child-only policy, with birth or adoption as the qualifying event, the request must be received within 60 days2 after the event date.

 

1NOTE: A child applying for coverage during the open enrollment period or during a special enrollment period as the result of a qualifying event is not eligible for child-only guaranteed-issue coverage if the child has other coverage or if other coverage is available to the child at the time of the effective date of coverage other than HIPIOWA, HIPIOWA-FED, Medicaid, or hawk-i.

 

2For Farm Bureau the request must be received within 90 days after the event date.

 


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