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NAIC in USA Today: Keep Health Insurance Exchanges State-Based
As Congress works to reconcile House and Senate versions of health care reform legislation, one issue remaining to be decided is whether the proposed health...
No House Senate Conference Committee, Dems to Reconcile Health Care Bills Alone
Democrats in both the House and Senate are planning to bypass traditional routes as they reach a final compromise on healthcare legislation. The Republican ...
Senate Healthcare Bill: Agents In, Antitrust Repeal Out, Feds Can't Set Commissions
On Christmas Eve, just before adjourning, the Senate passed a healthcare reform bill by a party-line vote of 60-39. Among items of most concern to...
House Dems Push to End McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption
Democrats in the House are pushing to repeal the limited antitrust exemption afforded to healthcare and medical liability insurers. They said that in the ...
NAIC Seeks States' Control in Healthcare Reform
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) wants Congress to establish health insurance exchanges that are administered by states, rather than ...
PIA Instant Update Video - Healthcare Reform
With Congress back in session, healthcare reform is again the top topic on Capitol Hill. There are reports that agreement is near among Democrats that...
State Legislators Oppose Repeal of Exemption for Health and Med Mal Insurers
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) has warned Democratic leaders that any health care legislation with language eliminating antitrust ...
PIA to Congress: Health Insurance Exchanges Should Be State-Based
Negotiations to reconcile House and Senate-passed healthcare reform bills are centering on several major issues. One is whether the states or the federal ...
Dems Reassess Healthcare Strategy Following Massachusetts Senate Loss
Before last Tuesday's upset win by the GOP of a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, it looked like the nation was a few weeks away...
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 ...