Iowa official: health delay won’t have big impact

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s insurance commissioner says the state will likely feel little impact from the announcement that a key part of President Obama’s health care law will be delayed.

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that they would delay by a year the requirement that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart says Wednesday that most Iowans working for those types of companies already get insurance.

The state continues to get ready to expand low-income health coverage and offer an online health exchange, where customers will be able to shop for coverage and qualify for subsidies and benefits. Iowa will partner with the federal government for the exchange, with enrollment starting Oct. 1 and coverage on Jan. 1.

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