University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Transition and Health Insurance

Health Insurance pays for appointments, medicines, hospital care, special equipment, and immunizations. As youth with special health care needs move to the adult health care system, there are several resources available to help families navigate this transition.

Getting Covered if You're Under 30 -

Health Insurance Marketplace -

Health Insurance Options in Iowa

  • Medicaid - Provides health care coverage for financially-needy parents with children, children and adults with disabilities, elderly people, and pregnant women.
  • Most Iowans receiving Medicaid are enrolled in the IA Health Link managed care program, which provides health coverage through one of three Managed Care Organizations.
  • Medicare - Provides health and hospital insurance for persons aged 65 and older and for disabled adults under that age of 65.
  • Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i) - Provides health care coverage for uninsured children of working families through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • The Iowa Health and Wellness Plan - Provides health coverage at low or no cost to Iowans between the ages of 19 and 64. Eligibility is based on household income.

More Information

Money Follows the Person - Provides funding for individuals to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and into their own homes in the community of their choice.

Health Insurance Basics - Teens Health