WASHINGTON BUREAU — One section of H.R. 3962 could let the U.S. Small Business Administration become the dominant intermediary in the small group health insurance market, a producer group says.
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, Alexandria, Va., is trying to draw attention to the “Assistance for Small Employers” provision in H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act bill.
The provision, which starts on the 191st page of the bill, toward the end of Section 305, calls for the SBA to design a health insurance “navigators” program for small businesses.
The program would steer businesses toward affordable health plans.
Health reform drafters had promised that they would keep a small group navigators program out of the bill, according to Mike Becker, PIA national director of federal affairs.