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Last Updated: November 18, 2020

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November 18, 2020Insurance Commissioner, DATCP Warn Wisconsinites to Watch for Health Insurance Scams​ 

December 16, 2019Open Enrollment on Extended 

December 9, 2019Insurance Commissioner, DATCP Warn Wisconsinites to Watch for Health Insurance Scams 

November 21, 2019Media Advisory: Insurance Commissioner, Health Secretary to Participate in “Coverage to Care" Roundtable with Outagamie County Leaders 

November 20, 2019First Prescription Drug Task Force Meeting Highlights Complexity of Prescription Drug Pricing and Charts Process for Making Recommendations 

November 18, 2019Governor's Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices to Hold First Meeting November 20 

November 13, 2019Insurance Commissioner Takes Action to Protect Wisconsin Consumers, Revokes Agent License 

October 17, 2019Prescription Drug Step Therapy Changes Go into Effect for Wisconsin Consumers on November 1 

October 10, 2019Gov. Evers Announces More Health Insurance Options for Wisconsinites in 2020 Ahead of Open Enrollment 

September 27, 2019Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Warns Residents in Western Wisconsin to Avoid “Storm Chasers" 

August 2, 2019Gov. Evers Announces Lower Rates on Wisconsin's Individual Health Insurance​ Market​ 

July 24, 2019Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Provides Guidance for Consumers Affected by Storms and Severe Weather 

July 22, 2019Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Rates Decrease for Fourth Consecutive Year 

May 7, 2019Insurance Commissioner Says Medicaid Expansion Lowers Insurance Premiums on Individual Market 

March 21, 2019Gov. Evers Honors 13 Recipients of 2018 Financial Literacy Award in Capitol Ceremony 

March 20, 2019Gov. Evers will Host 2018 Financial Literacy Awards Ceremony in the State Capitol 

March 15, 2019Insurance Commission Offers Advice for Wisconsin Residents Impacted by Flooding; Gov. Evers Declared State of Emergency in Response to Flooding 

March 8, 2019Insurance Commissioner Highlights Gov. Evers' Investment in Medigap Helpline for Wisconsin Seniors 

March 7, 2019: Insurance Commissioner Afable Holds Roundtable with Medigap Helpline 

March 5, 2019Insurance Commission Urges Wisconsinites to Evaluate Flood Insurance Needs Before the Snow Melts 

February 25, 2019Wisconsinites Encouraged to Build Personal Savings during Wisconsin Saves Week 

February 6, 2019Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Announces Remaining Leadership Appointments 

January 29, 2019Winter Weather Hazards Can Threaten Your Home or Business 

December 10, 2018Final Deadline for 2019 Open Enrollment Approaching 

December 6, 2018Consumer Alert: Phone Solicitation for Health Insurance Plans 

November 19, 2018Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Earns NAIC Accreditation 

October 29, 2018Commissioner Nickel Op-Ed: The Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan 

October 29, 20182019 Open Enrollment Begins November 1—2019 Rates are Lower by 4.2 Percent on Weighted Average from 2018 Rates 

October 11, 2018Lowering the Cost of Health Care: 2019 Individual Health Insurance Rates to Drop by an Average 4.2 Percent Thanks to Governor Walker's Health Care Stability Plan 

October 8, 2018Commissioner Nickel Reminds Drivers Deer Season Has Arrived 

September 24, 2018It’s Life Insurance Awareness Month. Are Your Loved Ones Protected? 

September 19, 2018Commissioner Nickel Reminds Consumers to Evaluate Their Insurance Coverage in Case of Disaster 

September 10, 2018Commissioner Nickel Congratulates Roger Frings as Newly Elected Chair of the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse 

September 10, 2018Careers in Insurance: Removing Barriers for Veterans to Advance in Wisconsin’s Workforce 

September 6, 2018Consumer Alert: Potential Home Warranty Scam Affecting Wisconsin Consumers 

August 31, 2018Storm Aftermath: Insurance Tips for Wisconsinites 

August 24, 2018School is in Session. Your First Homework – Check Your Insurance Needs 

August 22, 2018Commissioner Nickel Offers Insurance Tips in Response to Widespread Flooding 

August 9, 2018Commissioner Nickel Op-Ed: When Washington Fails, Wisconsin Leads 

August 7, 2018Distracted Drivers Put Lives in Jeopardy and Cost Consumers 

July 29, 2018Lowering the Cost of Health Care: Individual Market Premiums Expected to Drop 3.5% on Average Next Year Thanks to Governor Walker’s Health Care Stability Plan 

June 20, 2018Commissioner Nickel Statement Following Governor Walker’s State of Emergency Declaration in Northwestern Wisconsin 

June 14, 2018Insurance Tips for Wisconsin’s Recent Graduates 

June 5, 2018Wisconsin OCI Orders Agent to Repay Over $1 Million 

May 21, 2018Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness 

April 23, 2018Money Smart Week® Wisconsin 

April 19, 2018: Governor Walker Submits Health Care Stability Plan for Federal Approval 

April 9, 2018Commissioner Nickel Reminds Consumers to Plan for Their Retirement 

April 3, 2018Public Hearing Notice (Madison, WI): OCI 1332 Draft Waiver for State Innovation Application

March 21, 2018Public Hearing Notice (Milwaukee, WI): OCI 1332 Draft Waiver for State Innovation Application

March 15, 2018Public Hearing Notice (Green Bay, WI): OCI 1332 Draft Waiver for State Innovation Application

March 15, 2018Public Hearing Notice (Wausau, WI): OCI 1332 Draft Waiver for State Innovation Application

March 14, 2018Public Hearing Notice (Marshfield, WI): OCI 1332 Draft Waiver for State Innovation Application

March 14, 2018Public Hearing Notice (Chippewa Falls, WI): OCI 1332 Draft Waiver for State Innovation Application 

March 13, 2018Public Hearing Notice (La Crosse, WI): OCI 1332 Draft Waiver for State Innovation Application 

March 8, 2018Commissioner Nickel Appointed Zach Bemis as Chief Legal Counsel 

February 21, 2018Commissioner Nickel Applauds Legislature on Passage of SB 770, Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, with Bipartisan Support 

February 12, 2018OCI Testifies on AB 885 and SB 770 Relating to Wisconsin’s Health Care Stability Plan 

January 23, 2018Commissioner Nickel Announces Successful Conclusion of the Rehabilitation of the Segregated Account of Ambac Assurance 

December 13, 2017Commissioner Nickel Reminds Wisconsin Consumers 2018 Open Enrollment Deadline Approaching 

November 16, 2017OCI, NAIC Life Insurance Policy Locator Finds $92.5 Million for Consumers in First Year 

October 31, 2017Commissioner Nickel Reminds Consumers to Shop for Health Insurance 

October 12, 20172018 Open Enrollment: November 1 – December 15, 2017 

October 6, 2017Deer Hits—Are You Covered? 

September 8, 2017Commissioner Nickel Encourages Returning Students to Review Their Insurance Coverage 

July 12, 2017Commissioner Ted Nickel Statement on Summer Storms in Wisconsin 

June 28, 2017Insurance Awareness Day 

June 27, 2017Consumer Alert: Scammers Targeting Seniors in Wisconsin 

May 31, 2017Wisconsin Grads Should Think Insurance 

May 30, 2017OCI: Resource for Severe Weather Recovery Efforts 

May 19, 2017Commissioner Nickel Statement Following Severe Weather in Wisconsin 

May 17, 2017Commissioner Nickel Op-Ed: Health Insurance Reforms like Wisconsin's HIRSP Offer Way Forward 

May 5, 2017Commissioner Nickel Statement on the American Health Care Act 

April 25, 2017It's Money Smart Week® Wisconsin 

April 17, 2017Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week 

April 3, 2017Commissioner Nickel Reminds Consumers About Retirement Planning 

March 28, 2017Commissioner Nickel Encourages Wisconsin Consumers to Evaluate Flood Insurance Needs 

February 20, 2017Commissioner Nickel Appoints Charlotte Klenke as Chief Legal Counsel 

December 15, 2016Commissioner Nickel Elected as 2017 NAIC President 

December 12, 2016Commissioner Nickel Reminds Wisconsin Consumers 2017 Open Enrollment Deadlines Approaching 

December 5, 2016OCI, NAIC Launch Life Insurance Policy Locator Service 

November 10, 2016OCI to Hold Federal Health Care Town Hall in Wausau 

November 8, 2016OCI to Hold Federal Health Care Town Hall in Tomahawk 

October 27, 2016OCI to Hold Federal Health Care Town Hall in Green Bay 

October 26, 2016OCI to Hold Federal Health Care Town Hall in Milwaukee 

October 26, 2016OCI to Hold Federal Health Care Town Hall in Madison 

October 24, 2016OCI to Hold Federal Health Care Town Hall in Eau Claire 

October 24, 2016OCI to Hold Federal Health Care Town Hall in La Crosse 

October 20, 2016Commissioner Ted Nickel Cautions Drivers as Deer Activity Increases 

October 18, 2016OCI Holding Statewide Federal Health Care Town Halls/2017 Coverage Map Now Available 

October 7, 2016Open Enrollment: Important Deadlines and Changes/OCI Completes Premium Rate Reviews 

September 28, 2016Wisconsin Storm and Flood Damage 

September 26, 2016Commissioner Nickel Appoints Elizabeth Hizmi as Legislative Liaison and Public Information Officer 

August 19, 2016Commissioner Nickel's Letter to CMS on Auto Re-enrollment 

August 19, 2016School is in session. Your first homework—check your insurance. 

August 9, 2016Commissioner Nickel's Letter to IRS on Proposed Regulation Related to Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance and Fixed Indemnity Insurance 

August 8, 2016OCI Unveils Revamped Web Site 

July 12, 2016Commissioner Nickel Statement on Heavy Storms in Northern Wisconsin 

July 11, 2016Commissioner Nickel Op-Ed: Should the Federal Government Pick a Health Plan Automatically for You? 

June 24, 2016Commissioner Nickel's Letter to CMS on Auto Enrollment 

June 17, 2016Commissioner Ted Nickel Approved for IAIS Leadership Role 

June 7, 2016Commissioner Nickel Appoints J.P. Wieske as Deputy Commissioner 

May 23, 2016Court Approves Dan Schwartzer's Appointment as Special Deputy Commissioner for Ambac 

May 6, 2016Wisconsin OCI Orders $516,434 in Restitution from Agent 

April 27, 2016Insurance Commissioner Says "Get Money Smart"  

April 11, 2016Commissioner Nickel Reminds Consumers to Plan for Their Retirement 

January 25, 2016ACA Updates: Important Deadlines and Changes 

November 21, 2014​: Commissioner Ted Nickel Elected to NAIC Leadership 

November 17, 2014Early Winter Weather - Review Your Insurance and Check the Roads 

November 13, 2014OCI Releases Frequently Asked Questions on the Renewal Process 

October 28, 2014Are You Covered if a Deer Crosses Your Path? 

October 15, 2014Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Starts Early 

October 8, 2014Is Fire Damage Covered by Your Insurance? 

September 9, 2014​: Wisconsin Completes Filing Reviews 

September 4, 2014Continuing Your Education? Be Smart. Check Your Insurance. 

August 7, 2014Commissioner Nickel Named to Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI) 

July 16, 2014Wisconsin Releases Enrollment Numbers—Over 165,000 Wisconsinites Enrolled in Coverage 

July 1, 2014Commissioner Ted Nickel Statement on Storm Damage, Flooding in Southeastern Wisconsin 

June 30, 2014Commissioner Ted Nickel Statement on Storm Damage, Flooding in Western Wisconsin 

June 17, 2014Deputy Commissioner Dan Schwartzer Statement on Storm Damage, Flooding in Southern Wisconsin 

June 10, 2014Consumer Alert: More Health Insurance Exchange Problems, Some Consumers Have Incorrect Premium Tax Credit or Wrong Plan 

May 8, 2014Wisconsin Joins NIMA as an Associate Member 

May 8, 2014Grads: Don't Forget About Insurance 

April 18, 2014Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week
April 14, 2014Flood Insurance Is a Matter of Protection 

March 17, 2014Winter's Wonders Can Hide Icy Hazards 

March 14, 2014Ensure You're Insured—Don't let Problems Impact You 

March 10, 2014Reminder: Health Insurance Open Enrollment Deadlines Coming 

March 4, 2014Joint Release: State Warns Consumers to be on the Alert When Signing up for the Affordable Care Act 

February 11, 2014Wisconsin OCI Orders $584,995 in Restitution from Agent 

January 6, 2014OCI Consumer Notice - Technical Problems Continue for the Federal Exchange Web site: 

October 25, 2012Deer Season is Here. Can Your Auto Policy Take the Hit? 

October 16, 2012​: Medicare Advantage Open-Enrollment Period Starts Early. Check Your Options Now.

September 7, 2012Use Your Insurance Knowledge to Prepare for College 

August 22, 2012Bruijn-Hansen Appointed Local Government Property Insurance Fund Manager 

August 14, 2012AIG Pays $900,000 Settlement to Wisconsin 

July 24, 2012Commissioner Ted Nickel Statement on the Wisconsin Drought 

July 3, 2012Kohlmann Appointed Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund Manager 

June 28, 2012Commissioner Nickel Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision 

June 22, 2012Wisconsin Rebates Are Below the National Average 

June 21, 2012Deputy Commissioner Dan Schwartzer Statement on the Flooding in Northern Wisconsin

June 19, 2012Don't Let Increased Deer Activity Spoil Your Summer Fun 

June 15, 2012A Home Inventory Will Save Time and Money on Insurance Claims 

June 5, 2012Circuit Court Approves Rehabilitator's Motions 

May 30, 2012Commissioner Nickel Responds to Erroneous Wisconsin Association of Justice Report

May 25, 2012Accelerated Certificate Program Now Available for Veterans at Madison College 

May 22, 2012Insurance Commissioner Offers Money-Saving Reminders 

May 17, 2012Don't Just Check Your Tan, Make Sure to Check Your Insurance Coverage 

May 16, 2012AMBAC: Notice from the Rehabilitator 

April 23, 2012Insurance Commissioner Says "Get Money Smart" 

March 16, 2012Commissioner Ted Nickel to Lead NAIC Working Group 

February 22, 2012Flood Insurance is a Matter of Policy 

February 16, 2012HHS Rejects Wisconsin's Request for a Transitional MLR Adjustment 

January 27, 2012Commissioner Urges Caution on Winter Roads