Several members of Congress from both political parties expressed support last week for the role of the agent and broker post-health care reform. The legislators addressed a crowd of more than 700 at the National Association of Health Underwriters’ annual Capitol Conference in Washington, D.C. — including calls for the medical loss ratio provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be altered.

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) acknowledged that agents are among “the most negatively impacted” by PPACA and reassured the audience that Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-MI) would soon bring a bill to the House floor that would alter the MLR calculation. Rogers, who also spoke, did not directly address such a bill, but said, “We’re going to work on trying to fix this medical loss ratio,” and called the effects of PPACA on agents and brokers “an example of an unconscionable consequence” of the legislation.

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