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 reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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