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Godfread Issues Cease and Desist to Air Ambulance Company for Breaking North Dakota Law

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 10:30 am

Categories: all, Air Ambulance

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today issued a cease and desist order to AirMedCare Network for selling air ambulance subscriptions to North Dakotans illegally. Consumer protection legislation enacted in 2017 banned the sale of air ambulance subscriptions in North Dakota.


Insurance Commissioner Urges Consumers Not to Wait to Purchase Flood Insurance

Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Categories: all, Consumers, Producers

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today encouraged renters, homeowners, farmers and business owners to better understand their flood risk and insurance coverage following a wet autumn and heavy winter snowfall.


Open Enrollment Period Extended, Will End on December 18

Monday, December 16, 2019 at 03:55 pm

Categories: all, Consumers, Health Insurance

The North Dakota Insurance Department was informed today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the Open Enrollment Period to accommodate consumers who attempted to enroll in coverage during the final hours of Open Enrollment but who may have experienced issues. The deadline to sign up for Jan. 1, 2020 coverage is now 2 a.m. CST on Dec. 18, 2019. 


Godfread Presents Health Insurance Report to Health Care Committee in Grand Forks

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 02:00 pm

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

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today presented the Private Health Insurance Market Report for 2014-2018 to the legislative Health Care Committee at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. The report was compiled to provide North Dakotans with more information about the health insurance market in North Dakota.


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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 09:00 am

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Consumers, Health Insurance

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Companies, Consumers, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Legislation, Medicare

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

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Insurance Fraud

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Department

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


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

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 08:00 am

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.