Monday, September 19, 2011

Questions asked at the September 12 Bidders' Conference for the Health Care Costs Report RFP have now been posted below, along with the responses to them as provided by the Insurance Division.



Iowa Insurance Division Request for Proposal (RFP)

Bidders’ Conference

September 12, 2011, 1:00 P.M.

Q: Will the Division make available the information it has that would be useful for the report available

to successful bidder/vendor?

A: Yes.

Q: Does the Vendor write the report or just provide the recommendations using the data acquired?

A: Getting the information to the Division is a good start, but the more final the report is, the happier

the Division will be. The report created by the vendor last year served as the Division’s final report.

Q: Was this RFP process done last year?

A: Last year’s report was the result of an informal competitive solicitation, not a formal RFP.

Q: Will the vendor have just one month to complete the entire project?

A: Yes.

Q: In what format is the information the Division has available?

A: The information available is in electronic format and is in Excel. All required data for the data call is in Excel format. The Division requested that the supporting data dealing with trends also be submitted in Excel but some supplemental data may not be in a uniform format.

Q: Did the Division collect the data?

A: Yes.

Q: Did it come in Excel format?

A: Yes.

Q: Is there a budget for this project?

A: None established at this time. This is one of the elements of health care reform that allows the Division to assess the costs to the industry.

Q: Will a presentation to the Division or to the Legislature be necessary?

A: It is possible but last year it was not necessary.

Q: Do bidders have until September 15 to ask more questions?

A: Yes.

In addition to the questions and answers provided during the bidders’ conference, the Division stated that no questions had been received prior to the bidders’ conference call, reminded bidders that this could be a multiyear contract, and announced that an evaluation score sheet and a sample contract would be emailed to bidders participating in the Bidders’ Conference and would be posted to the web site with the RFP. The Division also explained that the section numbers on the scoring sheet correspond with sections in the RFP; however, the wording on the score sheet is condensed from the RFP.