Sen. Ted Cruz appears in a photo with TAHU members at NAHU's 2018 fly-in. (Photo: Cliff Stubbs/TAHU/Twitter)

Sen. Ted Cruz is one of the members of Congress who have made the time this week to meet with members of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Cliff Stubbs, a Texas agent who has been attending NAHU’s 2018 Capitol Conference event, documented the Texas Republican’s interest in what Texas agents have to say with a photo posted on his Twitter feed.

NAHU conference attendees also posted tweets or Instagram messages documenting meetings with many other lawmakers, including Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas; Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio; Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.; and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., trekked over to the NAHU conference headquarters, at the Hyatt Regency Washington,  D.C., to address NAHU members from the podium.

(Related: NAHU Puts Master Explainers on Capitol Hill)

NAHU brought more than 700 agents to Washington, starting Sunday evening, to make members’ legislative priorities known on Capitol Hill. NAHU is lobbying for positions such as the need to strengthen individual major medical stabilization subsidy programs, protecting the current group health premium tax exclusion, and getting agent compensation out of Affordable Care Act minimum medical loss ratio calculations.

Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, California’s Affordable Care Act public exchange program, told conference attendees during a briefing Monday that agents, Covered California, health insurers and policymakers in Washington all have a common interest when it comes to increasing health coverage sales.

“Marketing is politically neutral and is an economic necessity,” Lee said in a slidedeck he included in his presentation.

By increasing the odds that all types of people, not just people with health problems, sign up for health coverage, the work that agents do, and the work that Covered California does, can reduce the average ratio of claims to revenue, and make coverage for all more affordable, Lee said.

“Marketing lowers premiums,” Lee said.

Lee argued that Covered California and other Affordable Care Act public exchange programs are in the best position to promote broad enrollment in individual major medical coverage.

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