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Washington: A recent article reported that premiums for New York insurance exchange plans will increase by almost 17% in 2017 (“State health costs surge” Aug. 6). Many New Yorkers can’t afford these hikes. They’ll seek to switch to more affordable plans. Insurance agents and brokers can help them do so. These professionals have an average of 10 years’ experience in the industry. And they spend a lot or most of their time researching plan options for clients. This dedication pays off — premiums are 13% lower in counties with the greatest concentration of brokers. 
- Janet Trautwein, CEO, National Association of Health Underwriters

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Update

CMS is pleased to announce that plan year 2017 registration and training will open on Monday, August 1. Agents and brokers will be able to log in to their CMS Enterprise Portal user accounts and access the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS) to start the registration steps on August 1.


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Prime Pay Broker Webinar on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 1:30 PM  - How many of your clients are prepared to respond to a health and benefits audit? If you are unsure, don't miss this webinar. We will provide practical steps to help you communicate and prepare your clients for an imminent audit.Senior VP, Steve Jackson, will be discussing how to prepare for a health and benefits audit. To register, click the links embedded in the pdf document available below.

CMS Agent/Broker Announcement: FFM Registration and Training for Plan Year 2016 is Closing

Plan year 2016 Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) registration and training for agents and brokers will close on the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS) on July 15 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time (ET) as we prepare to launch the registration and training for plan year 2017. Information on the FFM registration and training for plan year 2017 is coming soon.

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UPDATE: In a controversial legislative move, New York State has enacted very significant new expansions to leave policies that affect virtually all New York employers by instituting new worker protections.
Among other provisions, the rules expand the number of employers subject to leave obligations, impose shorter timeframes for workers activating leave, and include new provisions requiring pay during leave. The law is not slated to become effective until January 2018.