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Iowa Stopgap Measure Moves Forward

Thursday, 09/21/17, we learned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a letter of completeness to the Iowa Insurance Division (IID) regarding Iowa’s proposed Stopgap Measure. This letter means that the information required for approval has been reviewed, all questions have been answered, and the application for federal approval of the Stopgap Measure is complete. After a 30-day comment period, the proposal can be considered for final approval or denial.


This is a significant step towards approval of the Iowa Stopgap Measure.  Commissioner Ommen said he is looking forward to “swift approval by the administration after the federal comment period closes  so the Iowa Stopgap Measure can be ready for the 2018 open enrollment period starting November 1, 2017”


Please email comments regarding the Iowa Stopgap Measure to  with a subject line of Iowa Section 1332 Waiver Comments.  Please include your name, organization (if any) and email address with your comments.


PIPAC is working closely with both Wellmark and Medica regarding their plans for launching the Stopgap Product and will be here to assist you and your clients through this transition.


There are a couple of websites that provide helpful information regarding the Iowa Stopgap Measure.  Follow the links below for additional information.

Iowa Insurance Division:


We will share additional updates as we learn more.    We will also host a webinar once enough information has become available.