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March 21, 2011
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Hopefully HR 1206—Bipartisan Agent/Broker Protection Legislation—Will Have the Luck of the Irish!
NAIC Moves Forward With Action on Broker Protection Legislation
Congress Celebrates PPACA’s “Birthday” Week with A Plethora of Hearings
States Continue to Seek Individual Market MLR Waivers
Restructured NAHU Government Affairs Department
Capitol Conference Videos Now Online
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Hopefully HR 1206—Bipartisan Agent/Broker Protection Legislation—Will Have the Luck of the Irish!

NAHU is extremely pleased to announce that on Thursday, March 17, Representatives Mike Rogers (R-MI) and John Barrow (D-GA), along with 14 original co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 1206, the Access to Professional Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2011. This bipartisan proposal would amend PPACA to protect health care consumers and the economy and preserve the role of health insurance agents and brokers by removing independent producer commissions from the law’s medical loss ratio (MLR) calculation. Read More

NAIC Moves Forward With Action on Broker Protection Legislation

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is moving forward with its own activities in support of a federal legislative fix to the agent/broker access problem being caused by the PPACA MLR requirements.  Read More

Congress Celebrates PPACA’s “Birthday” Week with A Plethora of Hearings

March 23 is the first anniversary of President Obama signing PPACA into law. Congress marked the days before PPACA’s anniversary with a series of hearings about the progress of the new law to date. The hearings kicked off on March 15, with the House Oversight and Government Reform health subcommittee examining the federal Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) process to grant waivers from the health reform law's regulations on health plan annual benefit limits. Steve Larsen, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) testified that as of February "[his] office has approved 94% of the waiver applications it has received and has granted waivers to plans covering about 2.6 million people, or about 2% of the 160 million people who have employer-sponsored health coverage." Read More

States Continue to Seek Individual Market MLR Waivers

This week, North Dakota, Georgia and Florida joined the ranks of states seeking waivers from HHS from the MLR requirements for their individual health insurance markets. Maine, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Nevada have already applied, and at least 10 additional states have indicated interest in applying for a waiver and are in the information gathering phase. Read More

Restructured NAHU Government Affairs Department

Last week NAHU announced some restructuring in our government affairs department to strengthen our lobbying team during these exciting times for our industry.  Read More

Capitol Conference Videos Now Online

Videos from NAHU's 2011 Capitol Conference are now available on the conference website.  Read More

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