Tuesday, November 3, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division Con artists target consumers age 60 and older, swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year.  Those older consumers may have caregivers - a spouse, family member, friend, paid professional or volunteer, official guardian, or conservator. All types of caregivers are...
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division National Retirement Security month is a campaign to remind us of the importance of saving for retirement.  Americans face significant obstacles when it comes to having enough money to last them through their golden years.  We can no longer survive on social security alone, and life...
Friday, September 25, 2020
By Kristin Griffith, Director for SHIIP/SMP The 2020 flu season will soon be here. Like every year, the flu will be best contained when as many people as possible get a flu vaccine. This is especially important this year as our health systems continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. You can contract the flu at any time during the year, but the rates of the...
Thursday, September 10, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and there is no better time than the present to make sure that finances are in order.  In order to help with that, and since insurance is complicated, the Iowa Insurance Division works with EverFi to help ensure students and their families have...
Thursday, August 6, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division As college students across Iowa gear up to return to campus for the long-awaited fall semester, many will need to consider insurance protection for their car, personal items, and health. Review these topics with your student for a smoother transition. Let your auto insurance carrier know about your...
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES) provides financial relief due to the effects of COVID-19 to individuals, families, state, local, and tribal governments, small businesses, and American industries. One of the provisions for individuals includes the possibility to withdraw...
Thursday, June 4, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division Just like an annual check-up at your doctor is important for your physical health, an assessment of your property insurance is vital to your financial security, success, and well-being.  During Insurance Awareness Month, homeowners and renters should talk to a licensed insurance agent to make sure they...
Monday, May 4, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division   May is Older Americans Month.  We can all celebrate by helping ensure the older Americans in our lives know how to protect themselves from being the target of scams. The Iowa Insurance Division often holds Fraud Fighter events around the state to educate older Iowans about investment and...
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division Financial literacy is the ability to understand and apply financial management skills, and April is the month dedicated to teaching this important concept, especially to our youth. During this difficult and challenging time, the meaning of financial literacy may have taken on a broader focus to include...
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we recognize women’s roles in society are ever-changing. Today women are more likely to be financially responsible for their families, have longer life spans, and fill in as full-time caregivers for children and aging parents. With all of these complex and changing...