WASHINGTON BUREAU — About 75% of the insurance producers who participated in a recent survey said their health insurance commissions have fallen since Jan. 1.
The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Falls Church, Va. – the group that conducted the study – said another 13% of the 520 survey participants said health insurers have informed them that commissions will be cut in the near year.
NAIFA conducted the survey by polling members who have been active in the health insurance market.
About 11% of the survey participants said they have stopped selling and servicing policies for individuals, and 4% said they have gotten out of the health insurance market altogether.
NAIFA says it organized the survey in response to reports that the new minimum medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) have hurt commission rates.
The PPACA MLR provisions require health insurers to spend 85% of large group revenue and 80% of individual and small group revenue on health care and quality improvement efforts.
The MLR requirements took effect Jan. 1.
Health insurers have told agents and brokers that they are cutting commissions in an effort to meet the MLR requirements.