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Iowa - Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i)

Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i) is a program that provides free or low-cost health care coverage for Iowa children in families with limited incomes. The amount you pay is based on the income of the family, but no family pays more than $40 per ...

What is Iowa - Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i)?

The Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i), federally known as Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), provides health coverage to nearly eight million children and families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private coverage.

In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program. Please note: These programs may be called by different names in your state.

Some benefits covered through CHIP, include:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental and vision care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services

Program Requirements

CHIP serves uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid.

In general for this benefit program, the child must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and have low income.

The child must also be a resident of Iowa.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $36,663
2 $49,709
3 $62,756
4 $75,802
5 $88,848
6 $101,895
7 $114,941
8 $127,988

*For households with more than eight people, add $13,046 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Application Details

What is the application process for Iowa - Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i)?

To apply online, please visit the Iowa Department of Human Services and click on "Apply for benefits".

For additional application information, visit the hawk-i 'How to apply' page. You will be able to download an application form directly from the site.

You may also find out if you qualify through the Marketplace application.

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