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Maryland House of Delegates Passes Exchange Bill
The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that will help establish a framework for the federally mandated state health insurance exchange
Gallup: Number of People Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low
A new Gallup survey shows that 14.7 percent of American adults lacked health insurance during the second half of March, compared with 18 percent in the last ...
Arizona Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Regulating Insurance Navigators
On April 22, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into law a measure requiring the State Insurance Department to license navigators who help consumers choose ...
HealthCare.gov Launches Small Business Tools for Agents & Brokers
HealthCare.gov launched two new tools to assist agents and brokers working with small employers in the Small Business Health Options Program Marketplace...
Marketplace SHOP Webinars for Agents to be Held in May
Although the first open enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act healthcare marketplaces is now closed, enrollment in the Small Business Health Options ...
Final Report Released on ACA Enrollments
The Obama administration released its final report on enrollment under the new health law on May 1...
Penalty Could Keep Smokers Out of Obamacare
Tobacco penalties in the Affordable Care Act could make health insurance too expensive for millions of smokers, with the penalties added to premiums as high as ...
Support for GOP Healthcare Bill Collapses
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he has abandoned the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and said the chamber will now vote on a straight ...
Highmark Pulls Out of 27 of 49 Pennsylvania Counties
Highmark is canceling individual health plans in 27 of the 49 counties Pennsylvania in which it sold them for 2016, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ...
Many ACA Health Plans Limit Choice of Doctors, Hospitals
Under the new consumer exchanges or marketplaces created under the federal health law, many health insurance plans will include relatively few choices of ...
Outlawed by ACA, “Mini-Med” Policies May Make Comeback
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) did away with the so-called “mini-med” health plans that cap annual benefits at, say, $2,000, which can leave employees on the ...
Health Agents: Have You Begun Your Federal Marketplace Training?
Agents and brokers are required to complete training from the federal government before they are eligible to sell health insurance policies in a ...
Free Agent-Focused Healthcare Reform Webinar for PIA Members Sept. 27
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be conducting a FREE, live webinar for PIA members on September 27 from 1pm – 2:30pm Eastern...
Official Healthcare Reform Registration and Training, Part I and Part II, Now Open
On Friday, August 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched Part II of the official registration process for agents and brokers who ...
Employer Notification of Health Insurance Marketplaces
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (generally, businesses that have at least one employee and at ...
NY Regulator: Obamacare Works So Well, Use It as Model for Homeowners
Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, called for the standardization of homeowners insurance so that consumers ...
Insurers Getting Faulty Data From Health Exchanges
Insurance industry consultants say insurers operating on the new U.S.-run health exchanges are receiving electronic files that cannot open or have so much ...
NAIC Working on Clarifying Roles of Navigators, Producers
Most states have not acted to protect consumers from the risks associated with working with health insurance navigators...
PIA Issues Post-Election Analysis – What It Means to Agents
On Thursday November 8, PIA issued an analysis of the 2012 election results, from the perspective of what the results mean to Professional Insurance Agents...
Many Consumers Prefer Off-Exchange Health Plans
A large number of Americans who qualify for premium subsidies are bypassing them by purchasing health insurance outside the Affordable Care Act’s insurance ...
Upcoming CMS Webinars for Agents and Brokers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight presents a webinar for agents and brokers focused on ...
Report: Health Effects of Hurricane Sandy Still Linger
Hurricanes hurt—a lot—for a long time after they pass...
HHS Issues Proposed Rules, Prepares Guidance on a Producer’s Role in Health Insurance
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently issued proposed rules that, depending on how they are implemented, could be more favorable to ...
Broker Who Opposed ACA Embraces It for Success
David Combs has been a health insurance broker in London, Ky., for more than 15 years...
Judge Rules Against White House on Affordable Care Act
This week, the a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not permit the use of tax credits to ...
States Line Up to Expand Medicaid – After the Election
Several states that were initially reluctant to implement the Affordable Care Act are now moving forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the ...
Walmart to Market Health Insurance in Its Stores
Six months after announcing that it would market auto insurance in its stores, Walmart has announced that it will do the same with health insurance...
From “Repeal & Replace” to “Repair”
The Wall Street Journal reports there has been a subtle shift regarding the Affordable Care Act, with Republican lawmakers saying they are now considering ...
Professional Insurance Agents Thank Rep. Duncan Hunter for Asking Tough Healthcare Questions about Navigators
WASHINGTON — The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) thanks Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) for taking the lead in raising significant ...
House GOP Reveals ACA Replacement Plan
House Republicans unveiled their much anticipated health law replacement plan Monday, slashing the law’s Medicaid expansion and scrapping the requirement that ...