Des Moines (KWWL) — The Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawki) program is celebrating 20 years of service.
Hawki provides free or low-cost health coverage to children and families.
People can qualify for the program if a family’s income is too high to qualify for Medicaid, but too low to afford individual or employer-provided health care.
Iowa regularly ranks among the states with the lowest uninsured rate for children; officials say it is in part because of the success of the Hawki program.
“Healthy children have brighter futures, ” said Governor Kim Reynolds.
“For 20 years, the Hawki program has provided quality care to kids of low income families so that they can do better in school and see better outcomes later in life. The success of the Hawki program is something we can all be proud of.”
Hawki coverage is similar to commercial health care coverage and includes, but is not limited to, doctor and dentist visits, immunizations, emergency care, inpatient hospital services, prescription medicines, eyeglasses and vision exams.
The Hawki Dental-Only program, which started in 2014, provides preventive dental health services to children under the age of 19.
More information on the Hawki program can be found on the DHS website.