Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Iowa Insurance Division recently welcomed Chris Scanlan, a new Special Investigator in the Division’s Insurance Fraud Bureau, during a swearing-in ceremony.  The oath of office was administered by Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen. Scanlan is a former Deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office where he served for 15 years, 6 of which he served as a detective. Scanlan is a...
Monday, April 24, 2017
The Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is letting Iowans know about a new Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) which informs patients before they leave the hospital if they are outpatient or inpatient. “Over the past several years Iowans on Medicare were often surprised to receive information that their overnight stay at a hospital was...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Earlier today, the Iowa Insurance Division was notified that Aetna would be leaving Iowa's individual market.  "We're deeply troubled by the angst and concern the Affordable Care Act is causing in Iowa," Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. "This is a problem created by the Affordable Care Act and needs to be fixed by Congress."
Monday, April 3, 2017
The Iowa Insurance Division was recently notified that Wellmark, Inc. and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa will no longer participate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance market in Iowa for 2018. Iowa consumers should be aware that the companies will no longer offer individual coverage on or off the marketplace. “We are very concerned about this development, but Iowa is not alone...
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Iowans will be eligible to participate in the DASH for the STASH program launched by the Iowa Insurance Division and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute during Financial Literacy Month in April.  The DASH for the STASH provides investor education information in a game-like setting and win prizes to open or add to an individual retirement account (IRA) in 2017. “Investor education...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Iowa Insurance Division yesterday ordered a $26,000 civil penalty against YourPeople Inc., doing business as Zenefits FTW Insurance Services (Zenefits) for at least 26 instances in which the company’s employees sold, solicited or negotiated insurance without being properly licensed in Iowa. “Zenefits self-reported these violations to the Iowa Insurance Division as they also did in other...
Friday, February 24, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday that, if permitted by applicable state authorities, health insurers will be allowed to continue transitional policies through calendar year 2018.  The Iowa Insurance Division, Iowa’s applicable state authority, will allow this extension through 2018.   “Over 115,000 Iowans had transitional plans in 2016 that...
Friday, December 16, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the deadline to sign up for January 1st coverage through Monday, December 19, at 11:59 p.m. (PST). “CMS has extended the deadline to sign up for coverage that begins on January 1, 2017.  Iowans already covered by individual health insurance plans should not be complacent by allowing automatic reenrollment in the same...
Monday, December 5, 2016
December 5, 2016 – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced his resignation effective December 23, 2016.  Deputy Commissioner Doug Ommen will serve as the interim insurance commissioner. “I’m honored to have had the chance to serve Iowans by leading the Iowa Insurance Division, however both myself and my family feel that as my term is ending, now is the right time to move...
Friday, December 2, 2016
December 2, 2016 - Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart reminds Iowans that December 15, 2016 is the deadline for purchasing or changing individual health insurance coverage to become effective January 1, 2017.  This deadline applies both to people who need to purchase new coverage and to people who want to renew current coverage.  Health insurance may be purchased after December 15...