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State Insurance Commissioners Meet With Obama at White House on ACA

Last Thursday, 43 of the nation’s state insurance commissioners met at the White House with President Obama to discuss the Affordable Care Act...
April 29, 2014

Last Thursday, 43 of the nation’s state insurance commissioners met at the White House with President Obama to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The commissioners said the meeting with Obama did not touch on industry issues outside of the ACA, including terrorism risk insurance, flood insurance or international regulatory negotiations. Among the topics that were discussed: how the first enrollment period went; the next open enrollment period later this year; navigator issues and prospects for 2015 rates.

State regulators expressed concern about the lack of insurance regulatory expertise with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ departure and recommended that the appointment of a permanent director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) be done quickly, and that the new director should rely on the expertise of state insurance regulators as decisions are made.

NAIC CEO Senator Ben Nelson attended the White House meeting along with the commissioners. Also in attendance were President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and other senior administration officials.

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