GAO Survey: Challenges for Health Insurance Advisors Contributed to Low SHOP Enrollment

November 21, 2014

Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs), the online health insurance exchanges for small employers required under the Affordable Care Act, saw enrollment figures for 2014 that fell well below officials’ expectations, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report .   The 18 state-based SHOPs enrolled approximately 76,000 people, as of June 1 of this year. More than 40 percent of these enrollments occurred in Vermont, and only three other states (Utah, New York an...

NAIFA Prepares to Work with the 114th Congress

November 19, 2014

NAIFA is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial services organizations representing the interests of insurance professionals from every Congressional district in the United States. A key component of its mission is to “advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment” for insurance and financial advisors and their clients. As a part of this effort, NAIFA is committed working in a positive, constructive way with the 114 th Congress when it is sworn in early next yea...

Rep. Schweikert to NAIFA: You have a big voice in Washington

November 13, 2014

With the midterm elections over, Congressman David Schweikert (R-Ariz) advised NAIFA members to seize the moment and start building relationships with new members of Congress today. “You know what the secret is? Be there,” Schweikert told attendees of NAIFA’s Advisors Political Involvement Committee (APIC) conference in Washington. “Pick up the phone and call that new (lawmaker) and get on their radar. Invite them to coffee and help them understand the products you sell, the way those pro...

In a Post-Election Search for Common Ground, Tax Reform Could Emerge

November 7, 2014

After Tuesday’s midterm elections, Republicans will control both houses of the 114 th Congress and President Obama, obviously, remains at the head of the executive branch. (NAIFA will provide a more complete election analysis early next week.) While this may be a recipe for continued gridlock in Washington on many issues, one area where the two sides may look to compromise is business tax reform. This has the potential to affect insurance and financial advisors, and their clients, in se...