Insurance Commissioner holds hearing on Stopgap Measure

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Today, people heard more about the state's plan to help Iowans at risk of losing their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

It was a meeting in Cedar Rapids that's one of several the state is holding about the stop gap measure.

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen is proposing to shift federal subsidies for older Iowans to entice younger people to buy health insurance. It would also add subsidies to insurance companies.

Ommen says he's been getting a lot of good feedback.

"I think pretty much the consensus is that the Affordable Care Act has left us with a broken individual market and that something needs to be done soon," Ommen said.

The federal government still has to approve the stopgap insurance plan for the state.

Right now, Medica is the only insurance provider in the state for individual policies under the Affordable Care Act.