Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson held a discussion in Marshalltown Wednesday to talk about getting more low-income children signed up for health insurance. She says 94-percent of the low-income children have health insurance, so they’re looking at how to get the final six percent signed up. Pederson says they’re finding that some parents know about the program, but aren’t signing up.She says one of the biggest barriers is that the offer is almost too good to be true to some of them and they think they don’t qualify. Pederson says it’s a matter of getting them to fill out the paperwork. Pederson says for some low-income families that’re also minorities, the language barrier can be a problem. She says they’re trying to address that issue too. She says they have printed a new “Hawk-I” brochure that has both English and Spanish language. Pederson says the brochures have been sent to all Iowa schools and the information is also available on the state’s website.
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