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NCOIL Unanimously Endorses Bill Removing Agents From MLR

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) passed a resolution unanimously by voice vote during their executive committee meeting on July 17 that expresses support...
July 19, 2011

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) passed a resolution unanimously by voice vote during their executive committee meeting on July 17 that expresses support for H.R. 1206, the Access to Professional Health Insurance Advisors Act. During the deliberation in the NCOIL Health, Long-Term Care & Health Retirement Issues Committee on July 16, PIA National Assistant Vice President for Regulatory Affairs David Eppstein testified in strong support of the resolution, saying that support from this body could help the legislation move forward. Eppstein explained the dramatic negative effects on agents that were already occurring as a result of being included in the MLR calculations.

PIA is actively supporting passage of H.R. 1206 with a nationwide grassroots action campaign and this endorsement by NCOIL should assist our efforts. The resolution notes that "all licensed agents and brokers provide a wide range of services for both individual consumers and the business community and interface with insurers, acquire quotes, analyze plan options, and consult clients through the purchase of health insurance." The resolution "strongly urges" Congress to enact H.R. 1206 and calls on state governors, insurance commissioners and legislators to urge their respective Congressional delegations to secure the enactment of H.R. 1206. A copy of the resolution will be sent to all members of the 112th Congress and to state legislative leaders, insurance commissioners, and governors.

NCOIL's endorsement of H.R. 1206 comes just days after the executive committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) chose not to follow a recommendation from its own Professional Health Insurance Advisors Task Force, which had voted overwhelmingly to endorse the bill.

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