Mobile Version
November 14, 2011
In This Issue
Supreme Court Will Hear PPACA Challenge This Spring
NAIC to Vote on Agent and Broker Resolution on November 22
Time’s Almost Up, Supercommittee
Georgia Granted Partial MLR Relief
The HIT Will Be Significant, According to the NFIB
This Week in Washington
Have You Registered for Capitol Conference 2012?
Tools
E-mail the Editor
Visit the NAHU Website
Printer Friendly Version
RSS Feed
Unsubscribe
spacer
Supreme Court Will Hear PPACA Challenge This Spring

This morning, the U.S Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in the challenge that 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) have raised against the Obama administration regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Today’s announcement sets the stage for oral arguments by March and the potential for a decision in late June—right in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign. Read More

NAIC to Vote on Agent and Broker Resolution on November 22

This afternoon, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) announced its Plenary Committee will meet on November 22 at 4:00 p.m. EST to vote on a proposed resolution, titled “Resolution Urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Take Action to Ensure Continued Consumer Access to Professional Health Insurance Producers.” The measure calls on Congress to “expeditiously consider legislation amending the MLR provisions of the PPACA in order to preserve consumer access to agents and brokers.” It also also asks HHS to “take whatever immediate actions are available to the Department to mitigate the adverse effects the MLR rule is having on the ability of insurance producers to serve the demands and needs of consumers and to more appropriately classify independent producer compensation in the final PPACA MLR rule.” Read More

Time’s Almost Up, Supercommittee

It seems like just yesterday they were hiring staff and finalizing cape designs, but now time is almost up for the congressional “Supercommittee,” and it’s still not clear if the group is going to be able to agree on concrete recommendations. The members of the Joint Select Committee are continuing negotiations on deficit reduction this week after Republicans and Democrats put forward and in turn rejected each other’s proposals last week largely over the issue of revenue. Read More

Georgia Granted Partial MLR Relief

Nearly nine months after the submission of its initial request, HHS granted the state of Georgia a partial adjustment for PPACA’s MLR requirements for the individual health insurance market. State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens requested a 65% standard for 2011, 70% for 2012 and 75% for 2013 back in March. Access to health insurance agents and brokers, as well as preserving individual market competition and the protection of Georgians with health issues who are currently insured in the individual market, were the basis of the state’s adjustment request. Read More

The HIT Will Be Significant, According to the NFIB

The NFIB’s Research Foundation released a study last week on the huge impact that PPACA’s new national health insurance premium tax, slated to take effect in 2014, will have on small employer revenue and jobs nationwide. The study concludes that the new health insurance tax (HIT) could have a devastating impact on private sector employment over the next 10 years. It predicts the loss of between 125,000 to 249,000 jobs by 2021, with 59 percent of those losses falling on small businesses. Read More

This Week in Washington

This week looks to be jam-packed with hearings in both the House and Senate related to PPACA and other issues relevant to NAHU's interests. Here's what the government affairs staff will be watching this week: Read More

Have You Registered for Capitol Conference 2012?

Online registration is now open, and we invite you to register today! It's vital that NAHU members visit with our lawmakers and present them with health reform ideas that work, especially this year. Both the 2012 presidential and congressional elections are looming, and top consideration is being paid to our political leaders’ response to health reform. Agents and brokers have a distinctive knowledge of the health insurance marketplace, and it’s important to meet with your elected officials to share NAHU’s message. Click here to visit the conference website. Read More

NAHU
NAHU on Twitter NAHU on Facebook