Action alert from Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI): Tell the Iowa Insurance Division: say “NO” to Wellmark’s premium increase
Despite solid revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is proposing upwards of a 21% premium increase for their ACA individual plans for 2022. These skyrocketing increases impact nearly 60,000 Iowans who rely on these plans.
Enough is enough. Everyday Iowans deserve access to care when and where we need it without exorbitant premiums and, too often, denials of needed care and treatment.
Wellmark can and should do better, but they’ve asked the state to accept this rate increase. Now it’s up to the Iowa Insurance Division to step in and deny their proposed premium increase.
The Iowa Insurance Division is accepting public comments on Wellmark’s rate-hike proposal in advance of their August 28 public hearing.
Iowa Insurance Division Commissioner Doug Ommen has a choice to make: He can allow another double-digit increase (while we still deal with the effects of a global pandemic), or stand with everyday Iowans and deny Wellmark’s premium increase.