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Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Extended to August 15

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 08:00 am

Categories: Consumers, Health Insurance

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today urged North Dakotans to take advantage of the extension of the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for health insurance coverage on the federally run health care exchange. The SEP is open now and will remain open through Aug. 15, 2021, to all exchange-eligible consumers, whether submitting a new application or updating an existing application. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended access to the SEP to give consumers additional time to take advantage of new savings through the American Rescue Plan.


Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Begins Feb. 15

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 08:00 am

Categories: Consumers, Health Insurance, Producers

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today urged North Dakotans to take advantage of the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for health insurance coverage on the federally run health care exchange if they are currently without insurance. In accordance with the Executive Order issued by President Biden, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the SEP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Feb. 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021, this SEP will be open to all exchange-eligible consumers who are submitting a new application or updating an existing application.


Godfread Announces Approved 2021 Health Insurance Rates

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 08:00 am

Categories: Consumers, Health Insurance

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today released the approved health insurance rates for both individual and small group plans for 2021, and encourages consumers to start early, stay informed and shop around.


Insurance Department to Begin Scheduling Medicare Part D Counseling Appointments on Oct. 5

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 09:00 am

Categories: Consumers, Medicare

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced that the Insurance Department will begin scheduling telephone counseling appointments for Medicare Part D on Monday, Oct. 5, for appointments beginning after Oct. 15.


Godfread Proposes New North Dakota-focused Legacy Fund Policy

Monday, September 28, 2020 at 09:00 am

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread has called upon the State Investment Board (SIB) to begin investing a portion of the Legacy Fund in investment projects within North Dakota. Godfread, who serves as one of three statewide elected officials on the SIB, proposed a new “strategic vision plan that will bring needed capital to new and existing North Dakota businesses.”


Godfread Presents First-of-its-kind Health Care Study to Health Care Committee

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Legislation

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today presented the North Dakota 66th Legislative Assembly Interim Health Care Study to the legislative Health Care Committee. During the 66th Legislative Session, the North Dakota Insurance Department was tasked with assisting Legislative Management in conducting an interim study of health insurance premium trends. The study is unique because the legislature foresaw the need to look beyond insurance carriers and authorized the collection of data from hospitals within North Dakota.


Insurance Commissioner Issues Bulletin Addressing Coverage for COVID-19 Testing, Including Antibody Testing

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11:00 am

Categories: Companies, Consumers, Health Insurance, Producers

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the issuance of Bulletin 2020-10 addressing coverage for COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing in response to Executive Order 2020-03 by Governor Doug Burgum. This new bulletin builds upon Bulletin 2020-1.1 in which health carriers and travel insurers are asked to identify and remove barriers to testing and treatment for COVID-19.


Insurance Commissioner Announces Availability of Online Producer Licensing Testing

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

Categories: Producers

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the availability of an online, remotely proctored testing application called ProProctor™, offered by Prometric, the producer licensing testing and assessment provider for North Dakota.


Insurance Commissioner Encourages NFIP Policyholders to Take Advantage of Grace Period Extension

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 08:30 am

Categories: Consumers

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today encouraged renters, homeowners, farmers and business owners to take advantage of the recently announced flood insurance renewal grace period extension.


Insurance Department and Insurance Companies Collaborate to Benefit North Dakota Consumers

Monday, April 6, 2020 at 04:30 am

Categories: Consumers

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today applauded the issuance of "Shelter-in-Place-Payback" to car insurance drivers insured by Allstate and the creation of the “Return of Premium Relief Fund” by American Family Insurance. Allstate and American Family Insurance are returning savings resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Allstate and American Family Insurance have acknowledged that they arrived at these relief options for customers, in part, as a result of various bulletins and guidance from the North Dakota Insurance Department.