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...
Monday, May 22, 2017
Iowa Insurance Division alleged agent compensation was not fully disclosed to public entities. The Iowa Insurance Division issued a settlement today with Two Rivers Insurance Company, Inc. (Two Rivers) that will return $1.3 million to 33 public entities in Iowa.  The investigation centered on public entities that have been associated with the Iowa Governmental Health Care Plan (IGHCP)....
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Chance McElhaney, Communications Director for the Iowa Insurance Division, had the following comments regarding the passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. The video may be seen at: Iowa Insurance Division Response to American Health Care Act vote by U.S. House of Representatives  [video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fZBn1BUn9U align:left...
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...