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Health Insurance Resources

Health Insurance Resources

hawk-i: Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa logo

What is hawk-i?

hawk-i stands for Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa.  hawk-i is free or low-cost health insurance for the children and teenagers of working Iowa families. hawk-i offers two types of plans – a medical and dental plan, and a dental only plan.  The monthly cost is based on a family’s size and income - no family pays more than $40 a month and some families pay nothing at all.

hawk-i Covered Services

Basic covered hawk-i services include: well-child check-ups; doctor visits when your child is sick; immunizations; dental care; hospital care; emergency care; surgery; eye exams; eye glasses and contact lenses; hearing services; prescriptions; mental health and substance abuse care; chiropractic care; and speech therapy.

For a full description of covered services: 

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for hawk-i, your child must:

  • Be an Iowa resident
  • Be under the age of 19 years
  • Have no other health insurance
  • Be a United States citizen or a qualified alien
  • Meet income guidelines (Check the hawk-i income limits table to see if your children qualify).
  • Not be a dependent of a State of Iowa employee
  • Not be on Medicaid

How to Apply for hawk-i

  • Visit the DHS Services Portal to complete an on-line application
  • Print and fill out an application from the DHS Services Portal and mail it to: Imaging Center 4. PO Box 2027, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
  • Call hawk-i Customer Service at 1-800-257-8563 to have an application mailed to you

Contact your local hawk-i Outreach Coordinator at the Scott County Health Department at 563-328-4114, or visit www.hawk-i.org  for more information.

Presumptive Eligibility Services

Presumptive Eligibility (PE) Insurance is a temporary Medicaid insurance that helps people to get the medical care that they need while they wait to find out if they have been approved for ongoing Medicaid or hawk-i insurance. 

To qualify for PE Insurance, you must:

  • Be a child or teenager under the age of 19 years
  • Be a parent or caretaker for a child or teenager under the age of 19 years
  • Be a pregnant woman
  • Be an Iowa resident
  • Be a citizen or qualified alien
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Have not received PE Insurance in the past 12 months

Scott County Health Department staff can help you complete an application for PE insurance.  If approved, the temporary coverage begins the same day that you apply.  For more information, please call 563-328-4114 or visit Iowa Department of Human Services.

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