October 7, 2016 | From NAHU
On Thursday, NAHU sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018 regulation. The 294-page proposed regulation, a version of which is released towards the end of each year, serves as an omnibus policy document covering a wide-range of health insurance market topics. Among other concerns, our comments specifically addressed the ongoing issues of insurers reducing or eliminating broker commissions during the plan year. We requested that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require issuers who file premium rates with the state that include broker compensation that as a condition of approval the issuer may not alter the general compensation rate for brokers proposed and approved for the duration of that plan year. We noted our concerns about insurers who are implementing mid-year compensation changes and the impact that this can have on consumers and market stability and advocated that CMS has the authority to enforce commission rates that were included in plans certified on the marketplace.
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