Trade Group Hits Back at Proposed MA Broker Compensation Reforms

CMS on Nov. 6 released a proposed rule that aims to address multiple parts of the Medicare Advantage program that recently have been the target of criticism — including broker compensation, access to behavioral health care, and the use of supplemental benefits and prior authorization. However, a major trade group for health insurance brokers and agents says the part of regulation targeting their industry is both misguided and potentially disastrous.

Should the rule be implemented as proposed, “I think that the MA distribution [system], which is the agents and brokers, will collapse,” says John Greene, senior vice president of government affairs at the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals (NABIP).

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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