PIA Action Alert: Tell Congress to Protect Medicare Recipients’ Access to Licensed Agents

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized its updated Medicare Program: Contract Year 2023 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs. The rule made significant changes to existing marketing requirements for both Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans. PIA, along with other agent groups, …

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Agent Groups Oppose New Medicare Rule

PIA, along with other agent groups, including the National Association of Health Underwriters, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to its “Medicare Program: Contract Year 2023 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs,” which was finalized in May. The rule …

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NAIC Spring Meeting Update

Recently the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its Spring National Meeting in the city in which it is headquartered: Kansas City, Missouri. PIA was represented at both the Board of Directors meeting of the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) and elsewhere during the NAIC meeting. During the NIPR meeting, the Board took advantage …

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No Surprises Act: Disclosure Requirement Update

The “No Surprises” Act was passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 last year, and it was meant to reduce the effect and frequency of surprise medical bills on people with health insurance. No Surprises targets a variety of billing issues, including the direct and indirect compensation of agents/brokers involved in the …

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Regulatory Requirements for Agents in “No Surprises”

Medical insurance claim form with stethoscope and surgical face mask. There are also other pieces of paperwork on the desk, including a patient form. The No Surprises Act, which was passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, was designed to reduce the effect and frequency of surprise medical bills on health …

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Congress Begins to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

With the country collectively bracing for the increasing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global pandemic, Congress has begun to respond to the crisis. On Tuesday, March 16, the U.S. House passed by unanimous consent a revised version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) that includes provisions meant to ensure people, including those …

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House Passes PIA Top Priority, Repeal of Cadillac Tax

The Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748) was passed by the House on July 17 by a vote of 419-6. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), would repeal the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) often referred to as the “Cadillac tax,” which would impose a …

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PIA National Top Health Care Priority To Be Considered in House

On Wednesday, July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill to repeal the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known to many as the “Cadillac Tax.” This top legislative priority for PIA National, H.R. 748, the Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act, is sponsored by Reps. Joe Courtney …

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PIA National Signs Joint Industry Letter Wary of Disclosure Provisions In Senate Health Care Bill

In early June, PIA National was joined by other industry trade associations in expressing concerns with a disclosure provision in the discussion draft of the “Lower Health Care Costs Act” that was released by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. This draft legislation contains multiple provisions aimed at targeting the rising cost …

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PIA 2019 Legislator of the Year, Rep. Billy Long

PIA National is pleased to name Representative Billy Long (R-MO) the 2019 Legislator of the Year for his long-standing effort to ensure the role of independent insurance agents in delivering healthcare to consumers. Representative Long represents the 7thCongressional District of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives. First elected to Congress in 2011, Rep. Long …

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