HHS Aims To Lessen Insurers' Sway In Exchange Outreach

Law360, New York (April 3, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration on Wednesday laid out conflict-of-interest rules designed to block health insurers from influencing consumer outreach on new insurance exchanges, barring issuers of stop-loss coverage from providing assistance and requiring advisers to disclose past relationships with the industry.

The Affordable Care Act already says that so-called navigators — who will help individuals and small business evaluate coverage options — cannot be health insurance companies or entities that receive compensation from health insurers or lobby on their behalf, and Wednesday's proposed rule extends the exclusion...
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