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CMS Releases New FAQs Regarding Agent/Broker Compensation for Special Enrollment Periods

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 6/14/22 12:32 PM

On June 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding compensation paid by issuers to agents and brokers who assist customers with enrollment during a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) or during Open Enrollment Periods (OEPs).

Topics: Health Care Medicaid Medicare
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Many Americans Support Building on Our Current Health Care System

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 3/21/22 3:10 PM

The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future recently published results from a nationwide poll showing that the push for transforming the American health care system through a public option, Medicare-for-All or other government interventions in the market is losing traction with American voters.

Topics: Health Care Medicare Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA's Erstad Reappointed to Idaho's Health Marketplace Board

By NAIFA on 2/9/22 10:38 AM

Hyatt Erstad, a loyal NAIFA member since 1980 and President of Erstad & Company in Boise, ID, has been reappointed by Governor Brad Little as Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of Your Health Idaho. His confirmation hearing before the Idaho Senate Commerce Committee was February 8. While at the hearing, Erstad spoke with Idaho Insurance Director and National Association of Insurance Commissioners Chair Dean Cameron (see photo above).

Topics: Health Care State Advocacy
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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 Legislative & Regulatory ACA Federal Advocacy
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GAO Audit Finds Health Agents Act Appropriately

By NAIFA on 8/11/21 2:35 PM

Agents and advisors are an important resource for consumers seeking affordable health care plans that suit their individual needs. These professionals have expertise and experience to help individuals and families navigate the complicated health care system and compare plan options. Consumers looking for an advisor can use NAIFA's "Find an Advisor" tool.

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy
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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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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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Health Care Marketplace Special Enrollment Period to Open Feb. 15 - May 15

By NAIFA on 1/29/21 12:20 PM

In case you missed it, HealthCare.gov sent a notice that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families for Marketplace coverage in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency the notice says: 

Topics: Advocacy Health Care
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Repeal of Health Insurers' Antitrust Exemption Likely to Harm Consumers

By NAIFA on 12/23/20 11:13 AM

On December 22, the Senate voted to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance companies by passing HR 1418, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act. The House passed the bill on Sept. 21. President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign the bill into law later this week.

Topics: Advocacy Health Care
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NAIFA-Supported Surprise Medical Billing Provision Is Part of Year-End Legislation

By NAIFA on 12/22/20 9:09 AM

Congress has passed the final COVID-19 relief package of 2020 to support the economy and provide further relief during the continuing pandemic. Included within the 5,593-page bill is a provision to end surprise medical billing. The surprise medical billing language provides no government rate setting. The inclusion of this provision is arguably the most important patient-protection inclusion since the creation of Medicare Part D. NAIFA worked with congressional leaders in both the Senate and House, advising legislators of the importance of including surprise medical billing in the final bill.

Topics: Advocacy Health Care

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