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July 5, 2011
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NAIC Panel Endorses H.R. 1206
Deficit Talks Continue to Focus on Health-Related Cuts
Exchange Regulation Expected Soon
This Week in Washington
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NAIC Panel Endorses H.R. 1206

Last Thursday, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) took a very important action to advance the cause of removing independent agent and broker compensation from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements. The NAIC’s Professional Health Insurance Advisors (EX) Task Force voted to formally endorse H.R. 1206, the bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Mike Rogers (R-MI) and John Barrow (D-GA) that would provide state insurance regulators with greater flexibility on MLR implementation. Read More

Deficit Talks Continue to Focus on Health-Related Cuts

Lawmakers continue to struggle with how to handle the issue of potentially raising the federal debt ceiling and cutting overall federal spending. However, health-related cuts seem to be at the forefront of all potential discussions relative to reducing the federal budget deficit. Read More

Exchange Regulation Expected Soon

The first federal regulation regarding health insurance exchanges is expected to be released very shortly, perhaps as soon as the end of this week. The proposed regulation is formally titled "Requirements To Implement American Health Benefit Exchanges and Other Provisions of the Affordable Care Act." For the past two weeks, it has been at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, the final step in the federal regulatory process before public release. Read More

This Week in Washington

It’s very quiet this week in Washington. The House comes back into session tomorrow, and the Senate was in session all weekend working on a resolution concerning the troubles in Libya, but there are no congressional hearings scheduled this week concerning issues of relevance to NAHU. The NAIC’s Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee will meet on July 6 to discuss health insurance exchange issues.  Read More

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