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...
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Understand Medicare Advantage As a Choice for 2017 October 25 - Iowans on Medicare are in the middle of the annual Medicare open enrollment period (October 15- December 7).  One of the choices they have is enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan for 2017.  Before making this choice it is important to understand how these plans work. The first key to understanding Medicare Advantage...
Monday, October 24, 2016
October 24, 2016 – The Iowa Insurance Division recently filed charges against Insurance Producer Cynthia J. Fitzgerald, the Robert J. Stillwell Agency, and Senior Direct, Inc. in regards to Medicare Supplement mailings that made misrepresentations.  Fitzgerald and the Robert J. Stillwell Agency are charged with four violations relating to their use of Medicare Supplement mailings...
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
October 4, 2016 – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced that Iowans can begin previewing sample premium amounts for individual ACA-compliant health insurance plans for each of Iowa’s seven rating areas.  These premium amounts, cleared for release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will become official once posted on www.HealthCare.gov during open...
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
For more information contact: SHIIP -- Iowa Insurance Division 515-281-5705 Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Provides Opportunity for Iowans to Save Money September 27, 2016 -  Only 13% of people with Medicare Part D plans change their drug plans each year (on average). Relatively few people on Medicare have used the annual open enrollment period from October 15--December 7 to...
Friday, September 16, 2016
Sufficient funds are not available to meet the liabilities of the Second Injury Fund. Therefore, an assessment will be imposed upon insurers and self-insured employers in the State of Iowa.  The assessment is $8M.  Notices were e-mailed from this office on September 15, 2016.  The assessment amount is due by October 17, 2016.