Earlier this week, I attended the Capital Conference of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) in Washington DC. This conference was attended by almost 1,000 health insurance agents from all 50 states. The purpose of the conference is to be briefed on the changing landscape of the Health Reform Law (PPACA), and to advocate for solutions that will improve the law for our Clients.
Here are a few bullet points regarding what was discussed, and how we hope to make the situation better for our clients.
Repeal of the Health Reform?
My read is that about 99% of those in attendance would be glad to see Health Reform Repealed. However, reality has taken root that unless and until the Republican party controls the Presidency, and large majorities of both houses of Congress, there is virtually no chance that repeal will occur. For this reason, NAHU has moved on to advocating for fixes and improvements in the current law. The term “REPAIR Obamacare” was heard several times.
Effectiveness of Health Reform?
The general consensus was that Health Reform is not helping to reduce costs, and increase access. Agents shared first-hand war stories about how Health Reform has caused rates to sore, coverage levels to become degraded, polices to cancel, and confusion to reign.
Advocating to Improve HealthReform Law:
Following the general sessions, the attendees went to Capital Hill to meet with our Senators and Congressmen to advocate for solutions that would be in the best interest of our clients. Here are a few of the things that we discussed:
Meetings with Congressmen:
I was able to meet with 3 Congressmen from Ohio Steve Chabbott, Jim Jordan, and Dave Joyce.
As Republicans, all three would gladly support repeal of the law. They were also quite frustrated by the President’s 28 unilateral changes in the law.
However, they also understand that repeal is not feasible without control of the Senate and the Presidency.
The Congressmen were open to making minor changes, and supportive of the changes that we proposed.
These meetings occurred in the congressional offices, and included approximately 5 NAHU members each.
So what is next?
We continue to stay on the cutting edge, helping our clients, and advocating for positive change that will help our clients, and the system at large.