One Year Later: Texas Insurance Professionals Weigh-In on Health Care Reform

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One Year Later: Texas Insurance Professionals Weigh-In on Health Care Reform

Texas Association of Health Underwriters offers statement regarding reform’s progress

Dallas, TX — March 28, 2011 — The Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU), a professional association of independent health insurance agents from across the state of Texas, has issued a statement regarding Health Care Reform. Since its passage on March 23, 2010, the organization has sought to provide a clear understanding of its implications to political leaders and consumers.

“Our review of Health Care Reform is with our clients’ best interest in mind,” TAHU President Louanne Trebing said. “Although we are still two years away from when the major provisions of the act will go into effect, our agents are searching for the best opportunities for those we serve.”

TAHU strives to apolitically and objectively inform the public of the legislative actions of Health Care Reform. The following issues are of greatest interest to the organization:

• Waivers that cover 2 percent of the 160 million insured Americans and that allow the employer to opt out of certain plan requirements under the law with no penalties
• Numerous debates regarding Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provisions and the possible exclusion of health insurance agents and unprofitable products, leading to higher insurance rates.
• Dismissal of state exchanges by some while embraced by others
• Cuts to Medicare while expanding Medicaid, leading to state deficits and impacts on other state concerns such as education

“Uninsured Americans are at an all-time high of 51 million,” said TAHU’s immediate past President and Executive Chair – Media Rusty Rice. “Our concern is the amount of taxpayers’ funds spent setting up a system to adhere to a law with policies not yet written. The bill is one year old but not yet walking.”

For additional information about the Texas Association of Health Underwriters, visit http://www.TAHU.org.

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About the Texas Association of Health Underwriters

A state chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters, TAHU is a professional organization of agents and insurance company representatives aiming “…to inform and protect the consumer by enhancing the professional growth of its members.” Since its founding in 1930, there are now over 200 state and local chapters of the NAHU servicing the insurance needs of millions of Americans. More information can be accessed at http://www.TAHU.org.

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