WASHINGTON BUREAU — The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has backed away from the idea of supporting a congressional bill that could exclude insurance agent compensation from medical loss ratio (MLR) calculations.
The NAIC, Kansas City, Mo., considered a proposal to support the bill, H.R. 1206, today during a plenary conference call.
The plenary is an assembly that includes all voting members of the NAIC.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and several other commissioners expressed opposition to the H.R. 1206 support proposal.
Jones asked Kevin McCarty – the Florida insurance commissioner and the head of a task force that approved the H.R. 1206 support proposal – whether the task force vote represents NAIC policy. McCarty, the NAIC president-elect, said it does not.
McCarty and other H.R. 1206 supporters ended up not pursuing a plenary vote.
The MLR Provision
A provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) requires insurers to spend 85% of large group revenue and 80% of individual and small group revenue on health care and quality improvement efforts. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued interim regulations that classify producer compensation as an administrative expense for purposes of MLR calculations.