Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) proposed two bills Thursday in the U.S. Senate enhancing brokers’ work on the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges, according to industry groups and the senator’s office. One bill specifically requires more communication by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies directly to brokers registered on the exchanges, as the groups already do with navigator organizations.

“The Enhancing Access for Agents and Brokers Act would ensure that Americans purchasing health coverage through insurance exchanges would have access to licensed and trained insurance agents to help them navigate the new insurance Marketplaces. The Consumers Having Options in Choosing Enrollment Act (CHOICE Act) would ensure that more Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance options by providing a pathway to enroll directly with insurers and certified web-based brokers,” according to a statement by Health Agents for America, Inc., a lobbying group that worked with Landrieu on both pieces of legislation.

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