Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Federal Comment Period Begins; Iowa Stopgap Measure on Course for Approval; Stopgap.iowa.gov Launches Des Moines – The Iowa Insurance Division, on behalf of the State of Iowa, received a letter of completeness today from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Iowa Stopgap Measure.  The letter of completeness moves the Iowa Stopgap Measure forward toward final...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Des Moines – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen announced today that Iowa Insurance Division has welcomed Kay Fairchild Godfredsen as the new First Deputy Commissioner of Insurance. “Kay has been a very important member of Iowa’s insurance industry community and we are incredibly thankful for her willingness to serve Iowans in this capacity,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Des Moines - Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen submitted, on behalf of Iowa, a final proposal asking for a waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and any necessary emergency regulatory relief.  The Stopgap Measure ensures Iowa’s collapsed individual health insurance market can function in 2018. “Iowa’s individual health insurance market has collapsed and middle...
Monday, August 14, 2017
Des Moines – The Iowa Insurance Division was appointed receiver of Fairmount Cemetery & Crematory in Davenport by order of a district court judge on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 due to the current financial needs of the cemetery and crematory.     “We want to thank Pine Hill Cemetery Association for stepping forward to assist us during the receivership,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Iowa Stopgap Measure Will Dramatically Help Iowans as the ACA Market Collapses Des Moines - Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen today released an independent economic and actuarial analysis required by the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS). Iowa’s ACA market is collapsing and the Stopgap Measure is Iowa’s solution to ensure all Iowans have a health insurance option in 2018.  “The...
Monday, August 7, 2017
Des Moines - Many Iowans, especially those living on a fixed income, may be in need of help paying for their Medicare premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and drug costs.  The Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help programs can offer assistance to Iowans in need.    “SHIIP is available to help Iowans participate in these programs which could offer a lot of savings for Iowans...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
  Des Moines – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen requests public comments from Iowans regarding the Iowa Stopgap Measure and today said three public hearings will be held regarding the Iowa Stopgap Measure.  The Iowa Insurance Division has submitted the Iowa Stopgap Measure for federal approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Affordable Care...
Monday, June 19, 2017
The Iowa Insurance Division has the following statement regarding Medica's individual market decision.   "We appreciate and understand Medica's desire to provide coverage in all of Iowa's 99 counties.  That is our goal as well," Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. "We are concerned that Iowa has hit a point within our market's collapse that a 43% rate increase will...
Monday, June 12, 2017
  Proposed Stopgap Measure Ensures 72,000 Iowans Have Access to Health Insurance in 2018 (Des Moines) –Iowa’s Insurance Division has proposed a Stopgap Measure to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure all Iowans have access to health insurance in 2018. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left Iowa’s individual health insurance market without a participating...
Monday, May 22, 2017
The Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) talks to thousands of Iowans every year about enrolling in Medicare. “There is a lot of information for Iowans to digest when they are deciding whether to enroll in Medicare,” Kris Gross, director of SHIIP said.  “The top two misconceptions we hear from Iowans are that there is a requirement to sign up for...