Wellmark commends Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen and their staffs, for taking the lead in creating the Iowa Stopgap Measure. We also want thank Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst for their strong support of this effort. The Iowa Stopgap Measure is the most innovative attempt to address the challenges with the individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) market in the country. The Measure addresses the principles essential for a more affordable and stable insurance market: Ensuring a viable risk pool; broadly sharing catastrophic costs; and the flexibility to design plans Iowans want and can afford. Wellmark stands by our beliefs on what it will take to stabilize the individual ACA market and will continue to work on a long-term solution with state and federal officials.