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November 22, 2013

 

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Senator Shaheen Sends HHS A Letter About Agent Concerns with Exchange Enrollment
2015 Open Enrollment Delayed
As The Policy Cancellation and Extension Saga Turns
Clearer Enrollment Paths Insight?
Agents and Brokers In Senate Spotlight
Well That Explains Why So Few People Have Paid For Plans
What We're Reading
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Senator Shaheen Sends HHS A Letter About Agent Concerns with Exchange Enrollment

Earlier today, Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius,expressing her concern that the Administration is not doing enough to promote the role of marketplace-certified health insurance agents and brokers who can adequately help enroll individuals and small businesses in marketplace-based coverage... Read More

2015 Open Enrollment Delayed

At around 10:00 p.m. last night, a HHS spokesperson, who asked to remain anonymous because the announcement is not yet official, divulged that the 2015 open enrollment period will be delayed one month, ostensibly to give insurers more time to set rates and to give consumers more time to shop for plans. The open enrollment period change, which does not impact this year’s open enrollment at all, means... Read More

As The Policy Cancellation and Extension Saga Turns

At the conclusion of last week's episode in the real-life drama of individual and small-group health insurance policy cancellations, President Obama had gone on television and announced that if insurance commissioners and individual carriers wanted to, it was fine by him if they simply extended non-PPACA compliant plan coverage in effect as of October 1, 2013, for another 12 months. NAHU began keeping an up-to-date chart on the decisions states and carriers made on the matter.. Read More

Clearer Enrollment Paths Insight?

One of the biggest concerns NAHU has had with the whole rollout of healthcare.gov is the lack of a reliable and easy path for certified agents and brokers to take their clients through the enrollment process. This week, we may have had delusions or seen a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. First of all, as a result of media and political pressure NAHU and coalition partners have been placing on the Administration, they made a public statement that... Read More

Agents and Brokers In Senate Spotlight

Agents and brokers were in the spotlight on Wednesday when the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee held a hearing titled Affordable Care Act Implementation: Examining How to Achieve a Successful Rollout of the Small Business Exchanges. The hearing was held in two parts and the first panel focused on state and small-business owner experiences with their SHOP and included testimony from both business owners and state-exchange directors. The second panel... Read More

Well That Explains Why So Few People Have Paid For Plans

During a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer and deputy director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of Information Services, delivered a bombshell — 40% of the IT systems supporting the federal exchange still need to be built... Read More

What We're Reading

We're on a bit of a state kick this week, perhaps because subliminally we are thankful that we are about to escape DC and its drama for a peaceful holiday week in the peach state... Read More

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