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PIA National Grassroots Alert -- 3 Key Issues in Congress

1. PIA members oppose H.R. 3596 and S. 1681, which would repeal certain provisions of the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Lawmakers must know that independent insurance...
October 27, 2009

Grassroots Action Alert--Act Now!PIA National has launched a nationwide Grassroots Action Alert on 3 key issues currently pending in Congress. The messages we want to convey are:

1. PIA members oppose H.R. 3596 and S. 1681, which would repeal certain provisions of the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

Lawmakers must know that independent insurance agents oppose the "Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009" (H.R. 3596 and S. 1681). This bill would repeal the limited antitrust exemption in the McCarran-Ferguson Act for health and medical malpractice insurance. Doing so would jeopardize the established mechanisms for insurers to gather information and develop actuarially-based rates. This bill would hurt Main Street insurance companies and Main Street insurance agents. It would limit competition, provide consumers with fewer choices, cause enormous disruption in the marketplace and lead to duplicative, inconsistent regulation.
 
2.  Extend the authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on October 31, 2009. Congress passed a temporary extension earlier this month and now needs to approve at least a six-month extension, to allow for consideration of comprehensive reforms.

3. Include insurance agents in healthcare reform legislation.

There are 5 healthcare reform bills now pending in Congress - 2 in the Senate and 3 in the House. Both Senate bills and 1 of the 3 House bills have language assuring that insurance agents will be able to sell products offered through health insurance "exchanges." Both chambers are merging their bills into one prior to floor debate. Our message: include the agent provision!

Send a message to your Member of Congress right now, by logging on the PIA Grassroots Action Center. There, you will find sample letters you can customize. It takes just a few minutes of your time to make a big difference on these important issues - do it now!

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