Kansas agents and KAIA staff work in conjunction with the Big I's Government Affairs team to lobby members of the U.S. House and Senate on issues that directly impact the American independent agency system.
Agent Licensing Reform
Agents support implementation of the recently passed National Association of Registered Agents & Brokers Reform Act, known as NARAB II. This legislation will give states the ability to streamline agent licensing so agents operating in multiple states would no longer have to go through the additional paperwork process in each state while retaining regulatory control at the state level.
Consumer Access to Agents
Agents support recently-introduced legislation that would retain consumer access to agents by clarifying that agent commissions do not count toward the MLR calculation contained in the Affordable Care Act.
Agents oppose further cuts to the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP). More cuts to commissions will reduce access and efficiency. Agents also oppose the Crop Insurance Subsidy Reduction Act in order to maintain farmers’ ability to work with local agents who are knowledgable about crop insurance coverage.
Agents support efforts to simplify the tax code for small businesses. This includes a reform of individual income tax rates, not just corporate income tax rates to account for agents and other small businesses that operate as Subchapter S Corporations, Partnerships or Sole Proprietorships.