CMS Proposal Would Change FF-SHOP Enrollment, Recognizing the Value of Agents

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday announced that it intends to propose changes to the rules governing how small businesses enroll in health insurance coverage the federal exchanges.  CMS says the change would “reduce the federal government’s role in healthcare coverage decisions by removing online enrollment for the Federally Facilitated Small Business Health Option Program (FF-SHOP) from HealthCare.gov.
 
Small employers would be able to obtain coverage under the program from and agent or broker or directly from the issuer. The change would apply to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.
 
CMS says that fewer than 8,000 of the 30 million small businesses in the United States participate in the FF-SHOP and cover fewer than 40,000 employees.
 
“Small employers working with NAIFA members have not found the Small Business Health Options Program of interest,’ said NAIFA President Paul Dougherty. “NAIFA is pleased CMS Administrator Seema Verma is attempting to reduce regulatory burdens and recognizes the valuable role of agents and brokers in helping small employers find affordable healthcare coverage for their employees.”
 
 
  • Posted May 16, 2017 IN
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5/22/2017 3:21:34 AM
Lloyd Robinson
This is welcome news, Agent and Brokers have been ignored in health care reform, yet insurance professional have the experience and training necessary to market and sell group health insurance. The role of health insurance agents is beginning to improve.
5/17/2017 11:33:15 AM
Lloyd Robinson
This is welcome news, Agent and Brokers have been ignored in health care reform, yet insurance professional have the experience and training necessary to market and sell group health insurance. The role of health insurance agents is beginning to improve.
5/17/2017 11:32:40 AM