Insurance agent and broker groups are hoping the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will find a way to include their members when it launches a consumer Web portal July 1.
The groups have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius telling her that their 500,000 members “are committed to ensuring that health reform is a sustainable achievement that will improve insurance coverage.”
The groups are the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, Washington; the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Alexandria, Va.; the National Association of Health Underwriters, Arlington, Va.; and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Falls Church, Va.
HHS wants to set up a Web portal to help consumers understand the effects of the new Affordable Care Act and related laws and regulations.
“Even with reliable information, many individuals and business owners will seek personal assistance with the insurance-buying process,” producer groups write in the letter.