Text: S.1653 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/23/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1653


To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to enhance access for independent agents and brokers to information regarding marketplace enrollment.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 23, 2015

Mr. Cassidy introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to enhance access for independent agents and brokers to information regarding marketplace enrollment.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Equalizing the Playing Field for Agents and Brokers Act”.

SEC. 2. Enhancing access for independent agents and brokers.

(a) Agent and broker and consumer support line.—Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish a dedicated toll-free customer service support help line to enable certified health insurance agents and brokers to seek assistance regarding qualified health plans offered in the Federal health insurance marketplace.

(b) National producer number.—Section 1312(e) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18032(e)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively and redesignating the margins accordingly;

(2) by striking “The Secretary shall” and inserting the following:

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) LIST OF AGENTS AND BROKERS.—Not later than 14 days after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall make available on the Internet website maintained by the Federal Government for health insurance coverage (healthcare.gov or any subsequent Internet site (or sites) that is established in whole or in part by the Federal Government to facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans, the receipt of tax credits or cost sharing reduction assistance, or comparisons of available qualified health plans) a list of all agents and brokers who have been trained and are currently certified by the Federal Exchange, including their name and National Producer number and if available their business address, electronic mail address, website, and phone number. The Secretary shall enter into a contract with the National Insurance Producers Registry to regularly verify, at least on a monthly basis, the licensure status of all agents and brokers who have been trained and are currently certified by the Federal Exchange and a mechanism shall be developed and made accessible to all certified agents and brokers to enable such agents and brokers to submit any changes to their contact and licensure information to the Secretary so that such website updates contain accurate agent and broker contact information.

“(3) NEW INFORMATION DISCLOSURE.—Not later than 5 business days after the promulgation of any new regulation, or issuance of any guidance, technical letter, or other official policy statement that impacts the enrollment of individuals in qualified health plans, the receipt of tax credits or cost sharing reduction assistance, or comparisons of available qualified health plans, the Secretary shall provide all navigators (under section 1311(i)), agents, and brokers who have been trained and are currently certified by the Federal Exchange with a clear description of such policy changes, including specific practical guidance as to how certified navigators, agents, and brokers can best assist their clients and help clients take advantage of any such policy changes.”.