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NAIFA Government Relations Team

Recent posts by NAIFA Government Relations Team

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House Passes the Build Back Better Act

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 11/19/21 10:21 AM

The House passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. Rep. Jaren Golden (D-ME) was the sole Democrat to vote against the bill. No Republicans voted for the bill. Now, on to the Senate, where significant changes are expected. Senate leadership wants to finish this before year-end, but given the other must pass agenda items (government funding, debt limit, defense authorization), that timing seems unlikely.  

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CMS Plan Year 2022 Registration and Training is Live for Returning Agents and Brokers

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 8/30/21 5:24 PM

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that registration and training for Plan Year 2022 is now available for returning agents/brokers who completed training and registration for Plan Year 2021. Registration and full training for new agents and brokers will be made available later this year.

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NAIFA and Industry Partners Request Non-Enforcement Period for Sec. 202 of the No Surprises Act

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 8/3/21 5:09 PM

On Monday, July 26, NAIFA and our industry partners, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor requesting an initial non-enforcement period for Section 202 of the No Surprises Act.

Topics: Federal Advocacy
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Toomey Re-Introduces Measure to Make Long-Term Care Insurance More Affordable

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 7/22/21 5:38 PM

For well over a century, NAIFA members have helped individuals, families, and businesses:

Topics: Long Term Care
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COBRA Premium Assistance: What NAIFA Members Need to Know

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 4/8/21 11:45 PM

In March, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which included provisions that provide 100% COBRA subsidies from April 1 through September 30 of 2021.

Topics: Health Care COVID-19
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Worker Classification Under Scrutiny

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 2/25/21 12:41 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering introduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) along mostly party lines, likely in April 2021. This wide-reaching bill seeks to reform current labor law in a variety of areas. Impacting the insurance industry, the bill amends the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 152(3)) by adding language that expands the definition of “independent contractor” by adopting an “ABC” test to define who is an “employee.”

Topics: Advocacy
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Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage Begins Feb. 15

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 2/12/21 3:19 PM

On Friday, February 12, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, in accordance with an Executive Order signed by President Biden, a Special Enrollment Period for the Health Insurance Marketplace will be available in the 36 states using the HealthCare.gov platform. The SEP will be available from Monday, February 15, through Saturday, May 15 for most states.

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NAIFA Members Participate in CMS Roundtable for Agents/Brokers

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 1/14/21 6:47 PM

On Wednesday, January 13, NAIFA members Elie Harriett and Alan Winstead participated in an invitation-only roundtable hosted by the Department for Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The discussion centered around marketplace policies and initiatives that impact agents and brokers.

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NAIFA Supports the Improving Retirement Savings Act

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 12/21/20 5:21 PM

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NAIFA Looks Forward to Working with 117th Congress on Retirement Legislation

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 12/10/20 4:21 PM

On December 9th, the Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), held a hearing entitled “Investigating Challenges to American Retirement Security.”