As of November 7, 2012, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa has requested a rate increase amount of 12-13% for 2013.  The proposed increase for 2013 is subject to a minimum of 45 days consumer notification and a public hearing in order to allow interested parties to comment on the request.  All comments should be submitted to the Consumer Advocate.  Electronic comments may be posted in the comment link below or emailed to Letters may be mail to 330 Maple Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.  Faxed comments may be sent to 515-281-3059.  All comments received will be considered part of the public record and will be submitted to the Commissioner of Insurance along with the comments from the public hearing for consideration before a final decision is made regarding Wellmark’s request.

A public hearing before the Commissioner of Insurance will be held on January 5, 2013 at 11 am.  Consumers wishing to participate in the public hearing before the Commissioner may do so at:

Cedar Rapids:  Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW (Linn Hall, Room 2184

Clarinda:  Iowa Western Community College, 923 E. Washington (in Clarinda Center, Room 306)

Council Bluffs:  Iowa western Community College, 2700 College Road (Looft Hall, Room 024)

Davenport:  Davenport Public Library, 321 Main Street (ICN Room)

Denison:  Denison High School, 819 n 16th Street (Room 127)

Des Moines:  Mercy College of Health Sciences, 928 6th Ave. (Sullivan Center, Room SC210, entrance at the northeast door)

Dubuque:  Keystone Area education Agency 1- Dubuque, 231 Chaney Rd. (Room 2)

Fairfield:  Fairfield High School, 605 E. Broadway ( Room 16)

Fort Dodge:  Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. (ICN Room)

Mason City:  North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Drive (Activity Center, Room 106)

Sioux City:  Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Ave. (Building A, Room D201)

Spencer:  Spencer Public Library, 21 E 3rd Street (ICN Room)

Waverly:  Waverly Public Library, 1500 W. Bremer Ave. (ICN Room)

All hearing locations will be connected through video conferencing allowing direct communication, video, and participation regardless of the specific location.

Additional documentation and public information regarding the requested proposed increase:

Application Wellmark Pools 

Application Wellmark 2013

Application Wellmark Farm Bureau Assocation

Application HMO WHPI Farm Bureau Assocation

Application HMO WHPI Individual

2013 Wellmark Hearing Public Testimony and Comments Report

Wellmark MM13 combined

Magnum report – Wellmark Individual

Wellmark 2013 Decision with links

Wellmark 2013 Public Comments