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Health agents head to New Orleans

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Members of a group for independent health insurance agents, Health Agents for America, are headed to New Orleans this week for a two-day meeting.

HAFA, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based organization that has been trying to take an assertive approach to speaking up for agents’ and brokers’ interests, will start the meeting Thursday.

Related: NAHU members head to Albuquerque

The list of scheduled speakers includes Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Jim Donelon, Louisiana’s insurance commissioner.

The list of insurers on the sponsor list includes Aflac, Pan American Life, Trustmark’s Starmark unit and Unum’s Colonial Life unit.

The only major medical insurer on the list is Vantage Health Plan, a Baton Rouge-based carrier. 

James Napoli of Seyfarth & Shaw will talk about potential Affordable Care Act compliance booby traps, such as the ACA coverage reporting rules and the rules governing separate companies that, in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Services, might be members of the same “control group.”

Michael Keegan will discuss the upcoming elections.


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