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January 14, 2016
Godfread announces his candidacy for insurance commissioner
BISMARCK—Affordability of insurance, competition in the marketplace and accessibility in the North Dakota insurance commissioner's office are among the things Jon Godfread said he would promote if elected to lead the state agency. Godfread kicked off his campaign, his first...
January 14, 2016 - 7:37am
December 7, 2015
Bismarck insurance agent subject fo cease and desist order
The North Dakota Insurance Commissioner has issued a cease and desist order against a Bismarck insurance and securities agent. Adam Hamm, insurance commissioner, announced Friday that his office had issued to order against Kevin Wanner, who operates Precision Financial Services in...
December 7, 2015 - 10:21am
September 22, 2015
Insurance agent forums scheduled
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm is inviting insurance agents to attend the insurance department’s annual agent forums Monday at the Knights of Columbus in Jamestown. Hamm, along with five other Insurance Department staff members, will talk to agents about 2015 legislative...
September 22, 2015 - 7:09am
September 9, 2015
Public comment sought for plan
The North Dakota Department of Human Services is seeking public comment on its draft 2016 Quality Strategy plan for Healthy Steps, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Quality Strategy plan will guide the department and the Healthy Steps vendors, Blue Cross...
September 9, 2015 - 7:16am
June 22, 2015
Law to stop air ambulance price "gouging" a test for N.D.
FARGO -- Ivan Mitchell was jolted when he received a $54,000 bill for an air ambulance flight last year that transported his wife from Grand Forks to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The air ambulance service, Valley Med Flight, billed $67,325 for the flight.
June 22, 2015 - 7:51am
June 4, 2015
Texas-based company punished by insurance commissioner
BISMARCK -- A Texas-based insurance company has agreed to pay a $275,000 penalty after an investigation into the firm's settlement practices revealed it failed to follow the law regarding guaranteed issue coverage, North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm said Wednesday. Guaranteed...
June 4, 2015 - 7:47am
April 24, 2015
Senate kills NDPERS and Sanford Health Plan bill
BISMARCK — State senators sent a strong message to the House on Thursday that lawmakers shouldn't be meddling in the recently awarded contract that will make Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1. The...
April 24, 2015 - 6:57am
Guardian Life, Pacific Life reach settlements
Multi-million dollar settlement agreements have been made with Guardian Life and Pacific Life regarding their use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, according to North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm. As part of the settlements, Guardian Life will...
March 24, 2015 - 7:32am
March 4, 2015
Incentive plan for Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND executives eliminated
FARGO — Executives and managers at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota weren't awarded incentive pay last year in light of large financial losses and other performance shortfalls. The rare decision by the state's largest private health insurer not to...
March 4, 2015 - 6:59am
February 25, 2015
North Dakotans, Minnesotans affected by data security breach
BISMARCK - Health insurer Anthem Inc. is sending letters to more than 27,000 North Dakotans and 300,000 Minnesotans who were affected by the recent data security breach. Officials say hackers broke into the database of the nation’s second largest health insurer between...
February 25, 2015 - 8:43am
December 12, 2014
BCBSND maintains financial status
By Patrick Springer Forum News Service FARGO — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota continues to operate in the black as it approaches year-end following last year’s financially bruising loss. The state’s dominant private health insurer, which covers about 515,000 members,...
December 12, 2014 - 6:52am
August 13, 2014
BCBS plans: Questions raised over health plans in N.D. covering 237,000
FARGO — A degree of uncertainty hangs over more than 237,000 consumers covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota whose policies were in effect before passage of the Affordable Care Act. The status of the North Dakota Blues’ so-called “grandfathered plans” — for...
August 13, 2014 - 6:51am
August 2, 2014
U.S. insurer to stop coverage of gynecological procedure
WASHINGTON - A health insurer with 5.2 million members in three Eastern U.S. states said on Saturday it would stop providing coverage for a procedure called laparoscopic power morcellation that is used in gynecological surgery and may inadvertently spread cancer. Highmark Inc,...
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August 2, 2014 - 9:00pm
July 15, 2014
Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota goes with ‘proven entity’ for new CEO
FARGO — When it came to choosing a new CEO, the board of directors for the state’s top health insurer decided to go with what they know. Tim Huckle was named the new president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota on Monday, following the firing of Paul von Ebers in...
July 15, 2014 - 7:33am
March 8, 2014
Engelhard named to company post
Mutual of Omaha Retirement Services has announced Thomas Engel hard has joined the company as regional sales manager responsible for 401(k) product sales in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and eastern Iowa. Mutual of Omaha recently made changes to its distribution, revamping territories...
March 8, 2014 - 7:54am