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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.

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy CMS
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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: Health Care Federal Advocacy
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Spending Bill Loosens Restrictions on FSAs

By NAIFA on 12/23/20 11:01 AM

As part of the COVID relief package passed by Congress, NAIFA-backed Flexible Spending Account (FSA) relief was included to relieve some of the financial burden consumers face regarding healthcare costs and health spending account allocations. Known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, (CAA) it includes provisions extending FSA benefits to those enrolled in such plans.

Topics: Health Care COVID-19 Federal Advocacy Congress
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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: Health Care Federal Advocacy Congress
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NAIFA Joins Groups Urging Congress to Reduce Health Care Costs

By NAIFA on 11/23/20 2:12 PM

NAIFA has joined with other groups and employers who sponsor health insurance benefits for tens of millions of Americans to send a letter to congressional leadership urging Congress to enact legislation to reduce health care costs.

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy Congress
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Trump Administration Issues America-First Healthcare Plan

By NAIFA Government Relations Team on 10/2/20 5:11 PM

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy White House
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Department of Labor Releases Information on COBRA Implementation

By NAIFA on 5/6/20 8:24 AM

Recent estimates suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has cost more than 9 million Americans employer-provided health insurance, with projections indicating that those numbers will continue to rise. These individuals are generally granted the option to elect continued health coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).

Topics: Health Care COVID-19 Federal Advocacy COBRA DOL
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Congressional Action Needed to Ensure Access to Health Plans

By NAIFA on 4/28/20 12:46 PM

NAIFA has joined a group of organizations asking Congress to ensure that 180 million Americans who receive health care coverage through workplace plans are able to continue receiving private health benefits in light of economic difficulties and job losses caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The groups, including America’s Health Insurance Plans, the National African American Insurance Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 28 others, sent a letter to congressional leadership with five specific policy recommendations:

Topics: Health Care Federal Advocacy Congress
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Through 10 Years, the ACA Has Undergone Many Changes

By NAIFA on 3/23/20 5:23 PM

On the ten-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law, NAIFA looks back at the milestones of health care policy and how the ACA has changed over the last decade. Implementation of the ACA and the tenants included in this monumental health care program have proven to be fluid throughout the existence of the program.

Topics: Health Care Affordable Care Act Federal Advocacy