Health Agents for America (HAFA) is organizing a petition drive to give health insurance agents a chance to protest the recent wave of health carrier commission payment eliminations.
HAFA wants member agents to create and circulate petition forms. In a model form, HAFA suggests that signers protest the elimination of commission payments, and state that carriers included assumptions about commission payments in cost projections when they filed their 2016 premium rates.
“The unbiased information provided on plan options, networks and benefits is invaluable, and consumers would be greatly disserviced without this resource,” says the model petition form.
B. Ronnell Nolan, the president of HAFA, is asking members to email or fax petition forms to HAFA by April 1.
HAFA members will get copies of the petition forms to the insurance regulators and attorney general in each state, and they will personally deliver copies to Capitol Hill, Nolan writes in an email to members.
“This grassroots project will not be successful without the agent community’s participation,” Nolan says.