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Democrats Still Not Clear on Healthcare Strategy After Mass. GOP Win
Democrats, who were in the process of combining previously passed House and Senate healthcare bills at the time of the election of Republican Scott Brown...
PIA Hails Removal of Medical Malpractice Insurers From Bill Restricting Insurance Antitrust Exemption
WASHINGTON, February 22, 2010 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) is hailing the elimination of medical malpractice insurers ...
Obama To Seek Federal Power Over Health Insurers
President Obama is proposing that the federal government be given the authority to prevent health insurance companies from increasing their rates excessively ...
NAIC to Explore More Rate Authority For States
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) will study ways for states to gain more authority over setting health insurance rates in 2010. The ...
Insurance Regulators Warn of Interstate Options
During a recent conference call, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline, and Oklahoma Insurance ...
Measured Response From State Regulators to Healthcare Bill
State insurance regulators said they will do their part to enforce elements of the federal healthcare reform legislation where they are required to do so,...
GOP Leaders Announce Effort to Repeal New Health Law
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said he would introduce a bill to repeal the health care legislation even though the Republican minority does not have...
Senate Republicans Prepare for Last-Ditch Derailing Effort
Senate Republicans are preparing a last-ditch effort to disrupt the Democrats' health-care push, but it was not clear how successful they would be at using...
How Did Your House Member Vote On Healthcare Reform?
How did your member of the U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590)? Click here to see...
Healthcare Reform Bill Passes House, President Obama Signs It
By a vote of 219-212, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) on Sunday March 21. The...
Final Healthcare Reform Bill Enacted
Now that the healthcare reform bill with all final changes has been signed into law, what will be its impact on professional insurance agents and...
State Regulators: We'll Do What's Required By Health Law
State insurance regulators said they will do their part to enforce elements of the federal healthcare reform legislation where they are required to do so,...
Provision in Healthcare Law Allows States to Create Public Option
After much debate, the final healthcare reform bill that was signed into law did not create a "public option" for health insurance. But what the...
HHS Begins Process to Form High Risk Pools for Uninsured
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beginning the process to form high-risk health insurance pools for the uninsured. HHS Secretary Kathleen ...
President Obama Signs Final Healthcare Bill Into Law
President Obama capped a year-long, seesaw battle for his top legislative priority by putting his signature March 30 on the health care reconciliation bill ...
Agents Begin the Scramble to Cope With New World of Health Insurance
What makes this difficult is that while some changes will occur soon, others won't happen for years, but insureds have questions now - some...
Obama Health Team Turns to Carrying Out New Law
A group of Obama administration officials are charged with executing the new healthcare law, one of the most profound changes in social policy in years....
Some Health Insurers Shifting Costs in Advance of New Loss Ratio Mandate
Some of the largest U.S. health insurers are changing their accounting practices to book administration costs as medical costs in an attempt to circumvent ...
States Take Center Stage in Second Act of Healthcare Overhaul
States will take center stage for the second act of the nation's overhaul of its healthcare system - and many of them already...
Beware of Phony "ObamaCare" Health Insurance Offers
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is urging state insurance commissioners to warn the public about the sale of fraudulent health insurance ...
New Loss Ratio Requirements Prompt Companies to Exit Health
Two subsidiaries of American National Insurance Co. will stop selling individual medical expense health insurance plans due to the minimum medical loss ratio ...
New Senate Bill Would Regulate Health Premiums
Fearing drastic health insurance rate hikes in the next few years, Senate Democrats set the stage on April 20 for federal regulation of rates, four...
Sebelius Urges Commissioners to Review Health Rate Increases
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is urging state insurance regulators to carefully review WellPoint's proposed rate increases in response ...
State Regulators, Legislators Seek More Rate Control in Health Insurance
As medical costs and health insurance premiums continue to rise, more states are considering giving insurance regulators authority over health insurance rate ...
State DOIs Hope Website Will Help Answer Healthcare Questions
State insurance officials - deluged by consumers' questions about the new health law - are anticipating one of the earliest and...
U.S. Files First Defense of Health Care Law in Court
On May 12 in federal district court in Detroit, the Obama Administration filed its first defense of the healthcare legislation recently signed into law. ...
Officials Warn of Attempts to Sell Fake Health Insurance Policies
States like Missouri have experienced fraudulent activities since President Obama's signing of the healthcare reform bill in March. John M. Huff, director of ...
Appointments of Federal Watchdogs Point to More Scrutiny for Insurers
The new Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight has been tasked with helping to implement the federal healthcare law. This year, the office ...
PIA Article: What's Next in Healthcare Reform?
Now that healthcare reform is the law of the land, what's next? It's a complicated situation with many moving parts. PIA National's Ted Besesparis addresses...
PIA of Oregon Testifies: Include Agents in Health Insurance Exchange
PIA of Oregon is testifying on June 8 before the Oregon Health Policy Board, urging that licensed professional insurance agents be included in the new...