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CMS Issues FAQs to Address the Recording of Calls by Agents and Brokers

By Mike Hedge on 10/21/22 5:43 PM

In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule which revises the Medicare Advantage (Part C) program and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) program regulations to implement changes related to marketing and communications, past performance, Star Ratings, network adequacy, medical loss ratio reporting, special requirements during disasters or public emergencies, and pharmacy price concessions.

Topics: Medicare Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Works to Lessen the Impact of CMS Final Rule

By Mike Hedge on 7/26/22 11:37 AM

In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule which revises the Medicare Advantage (Part C) program and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) program regulations to implement changes related to marketing and communications, past performance, Star Ratings, network adequacy, medical loss ratio reporting, special requirements during disasters or public emergencies, and pharmacy price concessions.  

Topics: Health Care Medicare Federal Advocacy CMS
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SECURE Notarization Amendment Offered for NDAA

By Mike Hedge on 7/15/22 1:30 PM

The NAIFA-supported SECURE Notarization Act was filed with Rules as an amendment (AMDT #543) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on July 8 by Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), and Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX).

 

NAIFA joined with industry partners in a letter to express strong support for NDAA amendment #543. The text of the amendment is taken from H.R. 3962, the SECURE Notarization Act, which has the strong, bipartisan support of 113 cosponsors. 

Topics: Federal Advocacy Remote Notarization
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Bill on Remote Notorization Would Benefit Consumers and Financial Professionals

By Mike Hedge on 5/26/22 2:18 PM

NAIFA has joined with industry partners in a letter to House sponsors of the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act urging support for the legislation. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3962) was introduced by Representatives Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND).

Topics: Federal Advocacy Congress Insurance & Financial Advisor Regulation Supported Legislation Remote Notarization
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NAIFA Offers Comments to Senate Special Committee on Aging on Financial Literacy

By Mike Hedge on 10/29/21 8:41 AM

NAIFA submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding an inquiry by Chairman Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ranking Member Tim Scott (R-SC). Both committee leaders are working together in a bipartisan way to examine issues that are of importance to the health, economic security, and well-being of older Americans and their families.

Topics: Federal Advocacy Build Back Better Act Congress Tax Reform
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Representatives Introduce Legislation to Ease the ACA's Employer Reporting Requirements

By Mike Hedge on 9/30/21 5:23 PM

On September 21, 2021, Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced H.R. 5318. This bipartisan bill will provide much-needed relief for employers seeking to comply with the reporting requirements under Section 6055 and 6056 for enforcement of the ACA's individual and employer mandates. NAIFA believes the passage of this legislation would greatly assist in addressing new challenges employers face under the health-reform law.

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy Congress
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NAIFA Continues Support of Remote Online Notarization Legislation

By Mike Hedge on 9/22/21 5:34 PM

NAIFA joined with industry partners in a letter to express strong support for National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment #445 offered by Representative Dean (D-PA), with the support of Representatives Armstrong (R-ND), Turner (R-OH), Perlmutter (D-CO), and Reschenthaler (R-PA).

Topics: Federal Advocacy Congress Supported Legislation Remote Notarization
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NAIFA Supports Bill to Reform Index-Linked Annuities Registration

By Mike Hedge on 8/16/21 9:39 AM

A bipartisan bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue a new form for annuity issuers to use when filing registered index-linked annuities has been reintroduced in the House. 

Topics: Federal Advocacy Congress Supported Legislation
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NAIFA Shares Concerns About Public Option Health Care With Lawmakers

By Mike Hedge on 8/3/21 3:07 PM

NAIFA submitted comments July 31 to Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) in response to a request by the lawmakers for information on potential legislation to develop a public health insurance option. NAIFA shares the goal of expanding access to affordable and quality healthcare to all Americans. NAIFA firmly believes in the integrity of the employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) system and ability of employers to select coverage options that fit the unique needs of their employees. 

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA Signs on to Support Letter for SECURE Remote Online Notarization

By Mike Hedge on 6/10/21 5:47 PM

NAIFA joined with industry partners in a letter to House sponsors of the SECURE Remote Online Notarization Act urging support for the importance of the legislation. Bipartisan legislation (S. 5355, H.R. 6364) was introduced by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mark Warner (D-VA), and Reps. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA). 

Topics: Federal Advocacy Congress Insurance & Financial Advisor Regulation Supported Legislation Remote Notarization

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