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PIA Praises House Passage of Bill to Keep Small Groups at 50

PACE Act Approved By Unanimous Consent
September 28, 2015

PIA Praises House Passage of Bill to Keep Designation of
Small Groups in Healthcare at 50 or Under

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has praised passage by the House of Representatives of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employers (PACE) Act (H.R. 1624 / S. 1099). The legislation would enable states to keep the current definition of a small group market in health insurance at 50 or fewer employees. PIA actively lobbied for passage of the bill, which was approved under suspension of the rules on Sept. 28.

“This bill will allow small and mid-sized businesses to continue to provide affordable healthcare coverage to their employees, without interference by the federal government,” said PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Mike Becker. “It will mitigate premium increases and market disruption. PIA thanks the House for approving this important legislation by unanimous consent and we urge the Senate to quickly follow suit.”

PIA has joined with a coalition of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in support of the PACE Act, which would roll back a planned expansion by the federal government of the definition of small groups to up to 100 employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would allow states to keep the current definition of a small group market at 50 or fewer employees.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street AmericaSM. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.

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