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

May 16, 2017

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...

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House of Representatives Passes Health Care Bill

May 4, 2017

The House of Representatives voted 217-213 today to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would revise key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   NAIFA has outlined the key principles that should be included in policies to reform health care coverage in the publication “ Rx for Health Care: The Advisors' Perspective .”   “Many of the provisions in the House-passed bill align with our positions, and NAIFA is particularly pleased with its repeal of the ACA’s 3.8 percent ...

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NAIFA Take 3 Video: Our Advocacy at Work

May 4, 2017

This week, NAIFA’s ability to educate and influence Congress was on display when the Senate passed H.J. 66, a bill that assures state-sponsored plans will not have a free pass from providing protections afforded all other retirement savers. President Trump will sign it into law shortly. NAIFA sent letters to all 535 lawmakers and urged members to contact their senators to support the bill. NAIFA key contacts also made personal phone calls to top congressional leaders, while NAIFA represent...

NAIFA Advocacy at Work: Senate Passes Legislation Requiring State-Run Retirement Plans to Comply With ERISA

May 3, 2017

NAIFA’s advocacy efforts paid off today when the U.S. Senate passed H.J. Res. 66 , a bill under the Congressional Review Act that rescinds the Department of Labor's exemption of state-run retirement plans from worker protections under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). NAIFA sent letters to all 535 lawmakers and urged members to call and email their senators to support the bill. NAIFA key contacts also made personal phone calls to important congressional offices, while...

NAIFA congratulates SEC Chairman Jay Clayton

May 2, 2017

Statement from NAIFA President Paul Dougherty: "I am happy to offer congratulations on behalf of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate,” said NAIFA President Paul Dougherty. “NAIFA looks forward to working with Chairman Clayton and the entire Commission to ensure that regulations affecting advisors and the financial services industry provide adequate investor protecti...