Special Open Enrollment Period for Child-Only Health Plans Ends This Week

SPECIAL OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD ENDS THIS WEEK

Enrollment in child-only health policies will soon again be conditional, depending on health of child

(DES MOINES) August 11, 2011 – A special enrollment period, created to allow acceptance of applications for “child-only” health insurance policies for children, even those with health conditions, will soon end. “Child-only” policies are individual health insurance policies that provide coverage only to persons under the age of nineteen. 

During the special open enrollment period of July 1 through August 14, a child can be accepted for enrollment in a health insurance plan in spite of having health problems.  That time is nearly at an end.  After the open enrollment, insurers can make an enrollment conditional on the child’s health.

Parents who have been considering taking advantage of this special opportunity for enrolling their child or children are encouraged to immediately contact health insurance companies or insurance agents to accomplish the enrollment while it is still available.

About the Iowa Insurance Division

The Iowa Insurance Division (IID) has general control, supervision and direction over all insurance and securities business transacted in the state, and enforces Iowa’s laws and regulations. The IID investigates consumer complaints and prosecutes companies, agents and brokers engaging in unfair trade practices. Consumers with insurance or securities-related questions or complaints may contact the IID toll free at 877-955-1212 or visit the division on the web at www.iid.state.ia.us.

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