The Health Agents for America (HAFA) have come up with a new strategy for mobilizing health insurance agents against threads to their livelihood: get everyone on a big ship.
HAFA today concluded a five-day agent summit held aboard the Carnival Glory cruise ship, which moved from the Port of New Orleans to Cozumel and back.
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The 7-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based group represents agents who are skeptical of federal government involvement in the individual and small-group health insurance markets but are highly dependent on stability in government health insurance rules and programs to be able to serve their customers.
The administration of President Donald Trump has given HAFA members and other health insurance agents more respect.
Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — the federal agency in charge of Affordable Care Act programs, and HealthCare.gov — have met several times with HAFA representatives, and they are organizing an Agent and Broker Summit aimed at producers in the ACA market.
The summit, which is set to take place July 1, at CMS headquarters in Baltimore, “will provide an in-depth discussion on the Administration’s major health care priorities,” CMS said in an email about the summit sent out Friday. “We’ll cover topics of interest to agents and brokers and offer opportunities for agents and brokers to provide feedback and ask questions of CMS leadership and experts in advance of the plan year 2020 Open Enrollment period.”