Dollar in pool Connecticut and California also have laws on the books requiring commissions to be paid to brokers for insurance exchange plans. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Insurance agents can breathe a sigh of relief in Georgia—that is, if they’re still involved in Affordable Care Act marketplaces. The state has just passed a bill to protect commissions paid for almost all policies sold, provided the insurer included commissions in its rate filings.

Modern Healthcare reports that the bill passing the House isn’t the only one in the country; Connecticut and California both have laws on the books requiring commissions to be paid—Connecticut’s, passed last year, requires exchange plans to pay commissions to brokers during the 2018 enrollment period, while California’s requires health plans to pay brokers’ commissions but also requires insurers to pay the same commissions in the open enrollment period as the special enrollment period.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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