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February 11, 2011
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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) Leads on MLRs for Agents/Brokers
New Rules Cover College Health Plans
More Health Reforms Hearings this Week
Legislation Introduced to Repeal Flexible Spending Account Limits
House Conservatives Demand More Budget Cuts
NAIC Works to Develop Exchange Issue Briefs for States
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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) Leads on MLRs for Agents/Brokers

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)―a veteran member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee―has taken up one of our industry’s key issues on Medical Loss Ratios, sending a letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking why the final MLR standards do not include adequate accommodations for the compensation of independent health insurance agent and brokers. Read More

New Rules Cover College Health Plans

Students who are insured through their college or university would be covered under the health care overhaul law under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently, many university-based plans don’t offer the same benefits as commercial insurance plans or that are called for under the health law. Their lifetime caps are often lower and benefits limited. Read More

More Health Reforms Hearings this Week

Business representatives told the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Wednesday that the health care reform law should be repealed because it is raising the cost of providing health insurance coverage to workers and causing employers to think twice about adding new workers to their payrolls. Read More

Legislation Introduced to Repeal Flexible Spending Account Limits

This week, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced, in the Senate and House, respectively, the Patients’ Freedom to Choose Act to remove future contribution limits on FSAs as well as include over-the-counter medicines as an allowable medical expense.  Read More

House Conservatives Demand More Budget Cuts

House GOP leadership this week vowed to find a full $100 billion in spending cuts in the “continuing resolution” to fund the federal government through September 30 after freshmen lawmakers opposed a proposal that they said did not go far enough. The current government funding resolution expires after March 4. If some form of a continuing resolution is not passed by March 4, the federal government will be forced to shut down. Read More

NAIC Works to Develop Exchange Issue Briefs for States

The NAIC Exchange Committee has commenced its work in preparing issue briefs on policy matters for states to consider as they develop state exchanges. There will be four exchange issue briefs released and key members of the Exchange Committee have been appointed to take the lead on each paper. The issue brief on exchange governance will be lead by Illinois Commissioner Michael McRaith, the issue brief on financing will be lead by Indiana Commissioner Steve Robertson, the issue brief on navigators/producers will be lead by Kentucky Commissioner Sharon Clark, and the issue brief on adverse selection will be lead by Washington Commissioner Mike Kreidler. Read More

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