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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.

The roundtable was an opportunity for agents and brokers to voice their opinions and concerns over the 2021 open enrollment period. The roundtable also gave CMS an opportunity to hear, directly from agents and brokers, solutions for streamlining the process.

NAIFA continues to support principles it developed that we believe are vital to any solution for our nation’s healthcare problems. These principles include:

  • Preserving the employer-based healthcare system
  • Permitting a wide-range of plan types, including low-cost basic-benefit policies
  • Providing tax incentives and deductibility of premiums
  • Expanding wellness and disease prevention programs
  • Encouraging cost sharing and cost transparency
  • Allowing pre-existing condition coverage with reasonable limitations
  • Permitting greater flexibility in setting health insurance rates
  • Funding high-risk state pools
  • Supporting Medicare Advantage plans

NAIFA is in the process of updating the Rx for Health Care document to detail these principles and other policy priorities. If you have any suggestions you would like NAIFA to consider as part of this update process, please complete this survey.