Consumers Bemoan Largest Health Insurance Price Hike in Iowa History

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Tony Leys - DSM Register

Iowans who buy their own health insurance pleaded with the state’s insurance commissioner Saturday to rein in the largest proposed premium increase in state history, but he warned them his powers are limited.

Consumer Renee Welk of Des Moines was among those asking Commissioner Doug Ommen for help during a public hearing in downtown Des Moines.

“You could make a huge difference in this state and set an example that this is people over profits, that we are looking for what’s best for our whole state,” Welk said.

Ommen was taking comments about a proposed 57 percent premium increase for 2018 from Medica, the sole insurance carrier planning to sell individual health policies in Iowa for 2018. For many consumers, the increase would be even larger, because they're now buying insurance from carriers with lower prices but would have to switch to Medica for next year.

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