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Dept. Of Human Services Tells Nearly 16,000 Iowans To Reapply For Obamacare

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File photo of a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace site. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace site. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS DC/AP) — Thousands of Iowans who applied for health insurance through the federal government website may not have coverage on Jan. 1 because of a delay in paperwork.

The Iowa Department of Human Services said Friday that those Iowans should reapply through the state website or a call center because federal officials would be late in sending their application information to the state.

DHS says it has sent emails and letters to nearly 16,000 Iowans whose applications are being held at the federal hub. They added that if a person needs to see a health care provider in the interim, there’s no guarantee of coverage.

DHS Director Charles M. Palmer said in a statement that officials will make every effort to try to process applications in a timely manner.

The Obama administration says that more than 1 million Americans have enrolled for health care.

Combined with numbers for state-run markets, that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s health law at about 2 million people through the end of the year, independent experts said.

That would be about two-thirds of the administration’s original goal of signing up 3.3 million by Dec. 31, a significant improvement given the technical problems that crippled the federal market during much of the fall. The overall goal remains to enroll 7 million people by March 31.

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