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Wellmark commits to re-entering the Affordable Care Act market in Iowa in 2019



This news story was published on February 10, 2018.
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DES MOINES – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield says it is ready to re-enter the Affordable Care Act market in Iowa in 2019.

According to a statement from Wellmark:

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa has an 80-year history of providing individual and family health insurance plans for Iowans. Last year, we worked closely with the State of Iowa to pursue an innovative attempt to address the challenges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) segment of the individual market through the Iowa Stopgap Measure. Although federal law was not flexible enough to provide the relief needed to implement the Measure, we remain committed to finding a solution.

Therefore, today we are announcing several options to provide individual and family coverage in Iowa. Our members, our agents, and most recently Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen, have asked Wellmark to offer individual and family coverage in this market.

To that end, we will offer fully ACA-compliant products on the public exchange for 2019, assuming there aren’t any significant changes to the Affordable Care Act. We will also explore offering additional options outside of the ACA for Iowans, if state and federal rules allow us to do so.

While there is no singular solution to stabilize the entire individual market in 2019, Wellmark will seek to offer options that provide more choice and affordability to Iowans than they have today. Wellmark believes the individual market can be functional once again. We pledge to continue working with state and federal officials, business partners, and other stakeholders to find a solution for all Iowans in the individual and family insurance market.

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4 Responses to Wellmark commits to re-entering the Affordable Care Act market in Iowa in 2019

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    They are afraid the whole thing is going to collapse.

  2. Uncle Sam Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Caps must be put in place. $130 per person tops. Not a dime more. If hospitals can’t swallow that then it’s their problem. Don’t give me this biz about insurance companies either. Iowa is a agronomy society. Rural in nature therefore hardworking and healthy. Mr. Wellness you need to go by a state to state basis. Mr Obama’s healthcare is not floating my boat on this one. Too high for what these people are bringing in by way of revenue. Everybody is included by the way.

    • Uncle Sam Reply Report comment

      February 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      With 3 million people that should be a cinch. It’s not rocket science.

      • Uncle Sam Reply Report comment

        February 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

        If your hog tied by these money changers out east admit it. These guys have nightmares all the time. Do what right.