The National Association of Health Underwriters is defending three new programs that are supposed to help protect health insurers against big, health law-related swings in claims risk.

The health insurance agents and brokers group has asked Congress to leave the programs — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act temporary reinsurance program, temporary risk corridor program and risk adjustment program — in place.

Members of Congress are considering two "Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act" bills — S. 1726 and H.R. 3541 — that would repeal the PPACA "3 R's" programs.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.