NAIFA Blog

Industry Coalition Urges Candidates to Protect Employer-Sponsored Health Care

August 11, 2016

The National Coalition on Benefits , a group of industry trade associations that includes NAIFA, has sent a letter to presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offering to work with the candidates “to support employer-sponsored health care coverage and innovations to lower health care costs for both employers and employees.” The letter supports the role of federal ERISA legislation in encouraging employers to sponsor benefits for more than 175 million Americans. The coaliti...

PACE Act Turns NAIFA’s Advocacy Spotlight to the States

October 16, 2015

As the NAIFA Blog noted last week , the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act has been signed into law. The PACE Act modifies the Affordable Care Act so that “small employers” may remain defined as businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Under the ACA, beginning January 1, 2016, “small employer” would have been redefined as a business with 100 or fewer employees. However, the PACE Act still gives individual states the prerogative to redefine a “small employer” as one with ...

The Affordable Care Act Will Complicate Tax Season for Many Americans

January 14, 2015

This tax season promises to bring confusion to millions of U.S. households. For the first time, taxpayers will be required to report their health insurance coverage on their returns. For people who obtained coverage through their employers, the change is pretty simple. They will merely have to check a box on their returns. But people who obtained coverage through the federal or state marketplaces will need to submit an entirely new tax form, and those who received subsidies will require ad...

NAIFA Supports House Bill for a 40-Hour Workweek

January 9, 2015

The House of Representatives yesterday voted to change a provision in the Affordable Care Act so that a full-time workweek would be defined as 40 hours rather than 30. The ACA this year requires businesses with 100 or more employees to offer health insurance to 70 percent of their full-time workforce.   Changing the definition from full-time to 40 hours per week from 30 would ease the burden on businesses and minimize the disruption to the American workforce. It would also discourage em...

Proposed Legislation Highlights the Importance of Agents to Consumers Seeking Health Insurance

July 8, 2014

Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) will introduce a pair of NAIFA-supported bills to ensure health insurance consumers have greater choice and continued access to advice and services of professional insurance advisors. “Sen. Landrieu, along with many of her colleagues in Congress, knows the vital role agents and brokers play as they help Americans understand their health insurance options and obtain quality, affordable coverage,” said NAIFA President John Nichols. “The CHOICE Act and the Enhan...