State Insurance Division hosts health insurance forum

State Insurance Division hosts health insurance forum The state Department of Revenue and Regulation, Division of Insurance, in conjunction with the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting an Employer Health Insurance Forum on April 21in Sioux Falls. The forum will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cherapa Conference Center and is open to all employers and employees wanting to learn more about their health insurance options. Speakers will include representatives from the Division of Insurance, the business industry and the insurance industry. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-register on the Division of Insurance Web site at http://www.state.sd.us/drr2/reg/insurance/seminar/sd_doi_registration.aspx . The recommendation for an employer assistance forum originated from a working group put together to implement recommendations made by the Zaniya Task Force. The forum is one of a number of things being done to provide insurance assistance to employers. In addition to the forum, the Division of Insurance launched a Web site on Jan. 7,  (www.state.sd.us/drr2/reg/insurance/consumer/employerassistance.htm) to assist employers with health insurance issues.  Legislation was also introduced to allow insurance agents and companies to provide employer assistance in conjunction with the sale of insurance policies. This legislation was signed by Gov. Rounds on Feb. 11. Questions can be directed to the South Dakota Division of Insurance at 605.773.3563 or by email at insurance@state.sd.us.

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