Disheartening some brokers, the National Association ofInsurance Commissioners has backed away from supporting a congressional bill that couldexclude insurance agent compensation from medical loss ratiocalculations. After an assembly of all voting members of the NAICon July 12, the group decided against endorsing the bill, H.R.1206.

“The committee considered the realistic probability of H.R. 1206passing Congress and providing a workable solution to thechallenges raised by the NAIC,” says Erin Johnson, an associationspokeswoman “Upon further review, the executive committee chose notto take further action on the task force's recommendation.” TheProfessional Health Insurance Advisors Task Force had voted torecommend endorsement of the bill June 30, but the task force votedoes not represent NAIC policy, the organization responded.

After the task force endorsed the bill, the National Associationof Health Underwriters praised the NAIC for their dedication to thebill. “H.R. 1206 is the best way to ensure consumers continue tohave access to licensed health insurance professionals who dedicatethemselves to helping people find quality, affordable health carecoverage,” Janet Trautwein, NAHU CEO, had said.

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