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

Categories: all, Air Ambulance, Consumers, Legislation

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

Categories: all, Companies, Consumers, Department, Health Insurance, Producers

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

Categories: all, Companies, Consumers, Department, Producers

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

Categories: all, Consumers, Department, Insurance Fraud, Producers

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

Categories: all, Companies, Consumers, Department, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Legislation, Producers

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

Categories: all, Companies, Consumers, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Producers

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

Categories: all, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Legislation

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

Categories: all, Insurance Fraud

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

Categories: all, Air Ambulance, NAIC

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

Categories: all, Consumers, Health Insurance

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.