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Should Brokers Be Allowed to Assist People Enrolling in Medicaid, CHIP?

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Should Brokers Be Allowed to Assist People Enrolling in Medicaid, CHIP?

May 18, 2012

The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) sent a letter on May 11 to convince the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that brokers and agents should be permitted to assist individuals eligible for public health programs, such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the state-based exchange markets that will be created in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. It asserts that brokers' involvement will result in greater numbers of eligible persons covered and will assist them in having the coverage best suited to them.

Some consumer groups are wary, however, expressing the need for greater consumer protection to ensure producers do not give biased advice or use personal information to market products such as life insurance or other types of insurance.