The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) is expressing gratitude for an amendment that counters efforts to exclude independent agents from the health care exchanges envisioned in America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200).

Originally, the act would have barred the participation of all licensed insurance agents, instead relying upon unlicensed individuals or community groups to advise consumers utilizing the exchanges. Subsequently, Blue Dog Democrats passed an amendment that gives explicit authority to insurance agents to sell insurance in any exchange that the legislation may create.

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