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PIA Members Finding Their Way Under Affordable Care Act
Independent insurance agents and brokers have been dealing with a lot of changes ever since the adoption of the Affordable Care Act...
Insurers Say Most ACA Customers Paid Their First Premiums
Three large health insurers, including WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc., say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first ...
Uninsured Rate at Five-Year Low While Obamacare Remains Unpopular
Obamacare reduced the percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance to its lowest point since 2008 even as the law remains unpopular with the public, ...
Hospitals Spy on Your Purchases to Spot Bad Habits
You may get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping ...
Agent and Broker Webinar on 2015 Marketplace Registration
The Agent and Broker Federally-facilitated Marketplace registration for the 2015 plan year will be available beginning in early July 2014...
Some Brokers See ACA as an Opportunity, Others Are Exiting the Industry
A new survey conducted by benefits provider Aflac finds that brokers are either redefining their roles in the healthcare landscape – or exiting it entirely...
HHS Announces Auto-enrollment for Current ACA Consumers
Under a proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on June 26, individuals enrolled in health plans through the state and federal ...
Missouri Gov. Vetoes Bill Requiring Navigator Background Checks
On July 7, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a bill that would have required criminal background checks for individuals applying for state licenses as health ...
CMS Exempts U.S. Territories From ACA Market Reforms
An exemption issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will allow U.S. territories to stop adhering to market-reform rules in the Affordable Care ...
Free Affordable Care Act Webinar
GAO Releases Undercover ACA Audit Results
The Government Accountability Office says investigators were able to obtain health plans and federal subsidies for bogus applicants using false documents via ...
NAIC Leaders Say Obama Won’t Force Regulators to Allow Health Renewals
State regulators report that President Obama will not force state insurance regulators to follow his plan to allow insurance companies to renew health ...
Obama Administration Gives States Extra Time on Health Exchanges
The Obama administration gave states extra time to work toward setting up new health insurance exchanges, days after President Barack Obama’s re-election ...
Death of Justice Scalia May Affect Healthcare Cases
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia raises questions about a number of pending cases with potential impact on healthcare. Included are cases ...
Free ACA Webinar for PIA Members
Tennessee Issues Emergency Rules for Navigators
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) issued emergency rules aimed at protecting Tennesseans seeking health insurance coverage through the ...
Colorado Broker Sees ACA as an Opportunity, Not a Threat
A young insurance broker in Colorado doesn’t see the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a threat...
PIA Proclaims: “We Are Much More Than Navigators!”
PIA’s message encouraging consumers to consider using PIA agents to help them secure health insurance is continuing to gain traction...
PIA to Attend Meeting of State Insurance Legislators in Philadelphia
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), led by their President State Representative Charles Curtiss (TN), will hold its summer meeting in ...
House Committee Tells Vermont It May Be Violating the ACA, Vermont Disagrees
A difference of opinion has cropped up between the state of Vermont and the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...
Computer Glitch Gives Some Smokers Reprieve from Obamacare Penalty
Insurers have been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a computer glitch involving the submission of qualified health plans ...
Missouri Law Requires Navigators to Obtain Licenses
A bill signed into law by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on July 12 requires insurance navigators to obtain state licenses before they can start assisting ...
HHS Releases Final Rule on Healthcare Navigators
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long anticipated Final Rule on healthcare navigators last week...
Americans Back Higher Health Insurance Rates for Smokers
Fifty-eight percent of Americans say health insurance companies would be justified in setting higher rates for people who smoke, while only 41% support setting ...
Agents Begin Adapting to the Affordable Care Act
Uncertainty may reign outside the insurance sector, but independent agents and brokers are quickly getting up to speed on the details of healthcare reform and ...
Healthcare Frequently Asked Question
What is an “assister?”...
PIA to Attend NAIC Spring Meetings in Houston
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is scheduled to hold its spring meeting in Houston, TX April 4 – 9...
PIA Lobbies NAIC Regarding Proposed HHS Navigator Rules
On April 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule on Navigator and non-Navigator assistance personnel...
PA DOI Holds Public Hearing on Health Insurance Rate Requests
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller held a public informational hearing on July 27 in Harrisburg to address proposed rate requests for 2017 ...
PA ACA Rates to Increase 32 Percent Before Subsidies
For residents in Pennsylvania, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rate increase will average about 32 percent in 2017, although very few will actually pay that ...