Since taking office in January 2015, Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has made fighting for brokers one of his priorities.

In June 2015, the Republican introduced legislation in the Senate, Equalizing the Playing Field for Agents and Brokers Act, which called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide similar resources to brokers and navigators selling in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces. While the bill was stuck in committee, Cassidy — who is a physician — was instrumental in pushing CMS to provide brokers with newsletters, an 800 phone number and webinars.

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