MLR Waiver Bill Would Shift Power to States
In a committee hearing called to discuss HR 1206 Rep. Waxman noted a study from the nonpartisan Insurance Information Institute that estimates more than 7,000 jobs have been created in the agent and broker field since May 2011.
Others attribute any decline in agent income to industry forces put in motion well before the ACA. Commissions are often based on premiums paid so as premiums increase, so do commissions. Insurers have been working for several years to adjust rapidly increasing commissions.
The Consumers Union estimates that the exclusion of agent and broker fees from administrative expenses could reduce consumer rebates by at least 50%.
Support for HR 1206 generally falls along party lines. Republicans provide the lion's share of support, although about 20 Democrats have signed on as cosponsors of the bill. The mark-up is viewed by some as more theatrics by House Republicans in their continuing effort to discredit healthcare reform.
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