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.  
Friday, September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016 – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart testified yesterday at the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing regarding “The State of Health Insurance Markets.”  Also testifying were Lt. Governor Mary Taylor of Ohio, Deputy Commissioner J.P. Wieske of Wisconsin, and Commissioner Mike Kreidler of Washington. Gerhart’s written...
Thursday, September 8, 2016
EAGLE GROVE WOMAN NAMED BY IOWA INSURANCE DIVISION AS WINNER OF “DASH FOR THE STASH” INVESTOR EDUCATION AND PROTECTION CONTEST IN IOWA $1,000 IRA Contribution Provided to Iowa Participant in “Scavenger Hunt”-Like Contest Organized by Investor Protection Institute and Iowa Insurance Division.   DES MOINES, IA – September 8, 2016 – A total of 80 public libraries and other locations in...
Monday, August 29, 2016
2017 Medica Insurance Rate Proposal Review Decision Issued August 29, 2016 Introduction The Iowa Insurance Division (the “Division”) received an annual individual health insurance premium rate (“rate”) filing for Medica Insurance Company plans compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in May, 2016.  Medica proposed an average rate...