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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.


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

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 08:00 am

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

Monday, July 1, 2019 at 08:00 am

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 08:00 am

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

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 01:00 pm

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.