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Godfread Claims World’s Tallest Politician Title from Brooklyn City Councilman

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced that he has been named World’s Tallest Politician (male) by Guinness World Records. Godfread’s official height is 6 feet, 10 inches (210.767 centimeters) tall as verified in Bismarck on Oct. 4, 2019.


2019 Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Events to Include Extended Hours in Fargo, Minot and Bismarck

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The Insurance Department will again be hosting nine, statewide Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Events beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Grand Forks. The events will provide Medicare beneficiaries of all ages with the opportunity to review, plan or shop for coverage options with the assistance of trained, volunteer counselors. This year, the hours of operation have been extended for the Fargo, Minot and Bismarck events, communities where attendance has been highest in past years.


Godfread Announces Decrease of 20 Percent on Average in Individual Health Insurance Rates with Reinsurance Program

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today released the approved health insurance rates for both individual and small group plans for 2020. Godfread approved the 2020 rates which average up to 20% in savings for North Dakotans purchasing an individual health insurance plan due to the implementation of the state-based reinsurance program.


Insurance Department Investigation Leads to Fraud Conviction for Bismarck Man

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced that Akeem Foster of Bismarck was sentenced in Burleigh County District Court after pleading guilty to one count of a class C felony theft by deception and class A misdemeanor acting as a bail bond agent without a license following an investigation conducted by the North Dakota Insurance Department.


Godfread Appoints Arnold as Deputy Insurance Commissioner and Palsgraaf as General Counsel

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced today that he has appointed John Arnold as Deputy Insurance Commissioner and Johnny Palsgraaf as General Counsel.


Godfread Announces Federal Approval of State-based Reinsurance Program for Individual Health Insurance Market

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced today that the proposed state-based reinsurance program developed by the North Dakota Insurance Department for the individual health insurance market has been approved by the federal government and will be in place for the 2020 health insurance plan year.


Insurance Commissioner Urges Senate to Pass Legislation Protecting Consumers from Air Ambulance Balance Bills

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, sent a letter on July 2, 2019, to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), North Dakota Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and the rest of the U.S. Senate expressing his support for section 105 of the Lower Health Care Costs Act prohibiting surprise bills from air ambulance providers.


Insurance Commissioner Fines Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota $125,000 as a Result of Market Conduct Examination

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today issued a Consent Order finalizing a yearlong market conduct examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND).


Insurance Department First State Agency in North Dakota to Launch LiveChat on Redesigned Website

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the launch of the North Dakota Insurance Department’s LiveChat application on its redesigned website.


Insurance Department Files Fraud Charges Against Two Individuals Totaling Nearly $29,000

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, in partnership with the Cass County and Burleigh County State’s Attorney’s Offices, today announced the filing of insurance fraud charges against two individuals, Scott Goebel of Fargo, ND, and Marcus Lavallie of Bismarck, ND.


Burgum Signs Bill Establishing Reinsurance for North Dakota’s Individual Health Insurance Market

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today praised the signing of Insurance Department legislation House Bill 1106, relating to the establishment of an invisible reinsurance pool for the individual health insurance market, by Governor Doug Burgum.


Insurance Department Opens Public Comment Period on Proposed State Reinsurance Program

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced today that the North Dakota Insurance Department is opening a 31-day public comment period on the proposed state reinsurance program for the individual health insurance market. The comment period will run from April 5 to May 6, 2019.


HB 1106 Relating to Invisible Reinsurance Pool Passes the House with Unanimous Vote

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Insurance Department proposed legislation, HB 1106 relating to the establishment of an invisible reinsurance pool for the individual health insurance market, passed the North Dakota House of Representatives on Tuesday with a unanimous do pass vote.


Insurance Department Investigation Leads to Fraud Conviction for Williston Chiropractor

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced that Dr. Sheryar Masud of Williston, ND, was sentenced in Cass County District Court after pleading guilty to one count of a class A felony fraudulent insurance act following an investigation conducted by the North Dakota Insurance Department.


Godfread Nominated for Federal Air Ambulance Billing Advisory Committee as Judge Issues Split Decision in North Dakota Lawsuit

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Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced today that he has been nominated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to serve as the state insurance regulator on the Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee recently created by Congress.


Insurance Department Encourages Consumers to Shop Around as Open Enrollment Period Begins

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BISMARCK, N.D. – As the 2019 Open Enrollment Period begins on Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15, many North Dakotans must soon make critical decisions about their 2019 health insurance amid a barrage of news and opinions regarding healthcare. To help make the most informed decisions possible, the North Dakota Insurance Department encourages consumers to streamline their health insurance research process.


Insurance Commissioner Recognized by Autism Speaks as 2018 Executive Champion

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread was recognized as a 2018 Executive Champion by Autism Speaks in appreciation of exceptional advocacy on behalf of individuals with autism in North Dakota earlier this month.


Additional Date Scheduled for 2018 Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Events

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BISMARCK, N.D. – The Insurance Department will be hosting a series of nine, statewide Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Events beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Grand Forks.


Insurance Department Releases Health Insurance Reform Study Findings and Approved ACA Health Insurance Rates

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today presented the findings from a study preformed to better understand the options available and potential impact of attempting to stabilize the individual health insurance market in North Dakota to the interim Health Care Reform Review Committee.


Insurance Commissioner Issues Bulletin Supporting Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today issued a Bulletin to all North Dakota health insurance carriers providing coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder notifying them that treatments for autism cannot be excluded from an insurance policy.


Insurance Commissioner Offers Tips for Preventing Fraud as Beneficiaries Receive New Medicare Cards

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today alerted North Dakota Medicare beneficiaries that they will be receiving new Medicare cards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to better protect their safety and security.


Insurance Commissioner Issues Statement on the Association Health Plan Final Rule

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s issuance of the Final Rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs) on June 19, helping millions of Americans obtain quality, affordable health coverage.


Insurance Department to Analyze Options for Health Insurance Reform in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the North Dakota Insurance Department is seeking to work with a consultant in order to perform actuarial and other analysis of state proposals to reform North Dakota’s individual health insurance market.


Insurance Department Files Fraud Charge Against Burleigh County Man

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, in partnership with the Bismarck Police Department and the Burleigh County State’s Attorney’s Office, today announced the filing of an insurance fraud charge against James Lagein of Bismarck, ND.


Godfread Announces Examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Coverage Practices

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced a market conduct examination of Noridian Mutual Insurance Company, which sells health insurance in North Dakota as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND).


Consumer Protection Legislation Regarding Air Ambulance Billing Now in Effect

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today reminded North Dakota consumers that the new state law regulating how health insurance companies pay out-of-network air ambulance claims became effective Jan. 1, 2018.


Insurance Department Partners with VA to Reimburse Veterans for Exam Fees

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced that as of Dec. 8, 2017, veterans who have taken or plan to take any of the nine North Dakota insurance producer exams after June 1, 2017, qualify to be reimbursed for their exam fee through a partnership between the North Dakota Insurance Department and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Insurance Department Recovers $5.5 Million for North Dakota Life Insurance Beneficiaries

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the North Dakota Insurance Department has recovered more than $5.5 million for North Dakota life insurance beneficiaries through the examination of 30 top life insurers’ use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF).


Insurance Department Encourages Consumers to Shop Around as Open Enrollment Period Begins

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BISMARCK, N.D. – As the 2018 Open Enrollment Period will begin on Nov. 1 and end Dec. 15, many North Dakotans must soon make critical decisions about their 2018 health insurance amid a barrage of news and opinions regarding healthcare.


Sanford Health Plan to Remain on the ACA Individual Health Insurance Exchange in 2018

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today confirmed that Sanford Health Plan will offer coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange for individual health insurance plans in some North Dakota counties for 2018.


Insurance Commissioner to Deny Additional Rate Increases Following Non-payments of CSRs

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BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced yesterday in a live television interview that after careful consideration, following President Donald Trump’s announcement regarding non-payments of cost sharing reductions (CSRs) to insurance carriers, he will deny any additional rate increases to individual health insurance premium rates for Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant plans to be offered in North Dakota beginning Jan. 1, 2018.


Insurance Commissioner to Kick Off Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Events in Grand Forks

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread will kick off a series of eight, statewide Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Events in Grand Forks on Tuesday, Oct. 17.


Insurance Department Releases Approved ACA Health Insurance Premiums, Encourages Consumers to Shop

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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Insurance Department today announced the approved health insurance premium rates for Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant individual and group plans to be offered in North Dakota beginning Jan. 1, 2018.


Medica Leaving North Dakota Individual Health Insurance Exchange in 2018

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today confirmed that the Insurance Department was informed late Wednesday, Sept. 27, that Medica does not intend to sign an agreement with the federal government to offer coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange for their individual health insurance in North Dakota for 2018.


Insurance Commissioner Provides Recommendations to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, sent a letter Friday to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), in response to a request for recommendations on legislative changes to give states additional flexibility in stabilizing their individual market and developing broader state-based insurance coverage reforms.


Insurance Department Receives Accreditation at NAIC Summer Meeting

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, along with six other Insurance Department employees, joined insurance regulators from across the U.S. last week for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) summer meeting in Philadelphia, PA.


Insurance Department Releases Comprehensive Summary of 2017 Legislative Session

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today released a comprehensive summary of insurance legislation passed during the 2017 Legislative Session.


Insurance Department Releases Air Ambulance Participation Guide

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BISMARCK, N.D. – The Insurance Department today released a guide to hospitals for consumers showing which air ambulance companies operating in North Dakota have contractual agreements (in-network) with the state’s three major health insurance companies – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Sanford Health Plan and Medica.


Insurance Department Files Fraud Charge Against Morton County Man

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the recent insurance fraud charge filed against Joshua Kadrmas, of Mandan, ND. Kadrmas is scheduled for a first appearance in court on August 22 in Morton County.


Insurance Commissioner Urges North Dakotans to Know What to Do After A Severe Summer Storm

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BISMARCK, N.D. – With the summer season officially underway, Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread urges North Dakotans to be prepared and know what to do after a severe summer storm if they’ve suffered damages or loss.


Insurance Commissioner Signs Letter Denouncing California’s Climate Risk Carbon Initiative

BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, along with commissioners from Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana and Oklahoma, sent a letter Tuesday to California Commissioner Dave Jones expressing their concern for his Climate Risk Carbon Initiative and asking that he cease it immediately.


Insurance Commissioner Encourages Professional Development and Collaboration Through Attendance at NAIC Spring Meeting

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, along with five other Insurance Department employees, joined insurance regulators from across the U.S. earlier this month for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) spring meeting in Denver.


North Dakota Passes Law Protecting Consumers from Massive, Unexpected Air Ambulance Bills

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today praised the signing of Senate Bill 2231, regarding the regulation of how insurance companies pay for air ambulance services in North Dakota.


Insurance Commissioner Encourages North Dakotans to Prepare for Flood Risk

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today encouraged renters, homeowners and business owners to better understand their flood risk and insurance coverage following heavy winter snowfall.


Insurance Commissioner Encourages Individuals Considering Driving for a Ride-hailing Service to Review Their Car Insurance Policy

BISMARCK, N.D. – Following recent announcements made by Lyft and Uber regarding the expansion of services in North Dakota, Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today encourages individuals considering driving for a ride-hailing service to review their auto insurance policy.


Insurance Commissioner Issues Statement on President Trump’s Address to Congress

BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread issued the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s remarks on the future of health care reform in the United States during his address to Congress on Tuesday night.


Insurance Department Investigation Leads to Arrest of Ward County Man for Fraud

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the recent arrest of Weston Aho, 28, of Sawyer, ND. Aho was charged with insurance fraud, a class C felony, and is scheduled to appear in court on March 13 in Ward County.


Insurance Department Reaches $1.5 Million Agreement with Ameriprise

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today announced the North Dakota Insurance Department has reached a $1.5 million multi-state life insurance agreement with Ameriprise regarding its use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF).


Kelsch Joins the Insurance Department

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Ashley Kelsch has recently joined the North Dakota Insurance Department as the Public Information Officer. Kelsch previously served as Communications for Governor Jack Dalrymple.


Commissioner Godfread Provides ACA Reform Recommendation to Congress

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BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread provided written recommendation to members of Congress last Friday regarding opportunities to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Insurance Commissioner Godfread Appoints Ubben and Ost on First Day in Office

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Bismarck, N.D. - Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today appointed Jeff Ubben as deputy insurance commissioner and Marcy Ost as executive assistant as part of his first official day in office


Upcoming EventsView All Events

NDID Offices Closed

Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

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All North Dakota Insurance Department offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, for Thanksgiving.