The U.S. Senate bill that would take broker compensation out of the medical loss ratio equation hasn't moved in the more than two months since it was introduced. Not surprising given recesses and outings by top administration officials to discuss broader issues, like the budget, in front of Senate committees. But what are the chances of this bill gaining any ground in the 113th Congress?
"It depends on how rocky the rollout [of ACA's exchanges] is in October. If the rollout is really rocky, I'd imagine that more expansive modifications will take priority," says Scott Harrington, professor of health care management and business economics and public policy at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. "There will be a tendency to not pass narrow legislation."
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