What is the Broker Compensation Disclosure?
If there is one thing you can always count on in the health and life insurance industry, it’s that changes will happen. The latest broker compensation disclosure requirement is no different.
In December 2021, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) launched new disclosure requirements for group health plans, individual brokers, and consultants. These plans specifically require brokers and consultants to disclose their compensation to plan sponsors if they anticipate earning $1,000 or more in direct or indirect compensation. The anticipated earnings include “all forms of compensation, including standard ongoing compensation, bonuses, finder’s fees, prepaid (advanced) commissions, payments made by third parties, incentive programs not solely related to the plan, etc.”
This requirement includes any new, extended, or renewed plan that goes into effect on or after December 27, 2021.
As part of this requirement, you must disclose the following:
- Description of services to be provided
- Statement of who (you/affiliate/subcontractor) is providing services to the plan fiduciary
- Description of direct compensation
- Description indirect compensation
- Description of compensation on a transaction basis (commissions, finders fees, incentives)
- Description of compensation for termination of the contract and prepaid amounts
It is essential for all health and life insurance agencies to stay compliant with this requirement, but that doesn’t make it an easy task. Therefore, it’s crucial to store your client and commission data in a way that helps you get the information you need when you need it.
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Using an AMS to Help You Stay Compliant with the Broker Compensation Disclosure
All health and life insurance agencies that anticipate selling or renewing qualifying plans in the future must comply with this new federal regulation and thus, need an efficient way to do so. There are two main ways to gather the information and disclose.
Manually tracking your upcoming sales that will qualify for the disclosure requires you to create your own disclosure letter and manually manage client accounts to ensure you issue the disclosure in a timely manner to the correct client. Your company could adopt this option; however, depending on the size of your book of business and the number of policies you have that would qualify for this disclosure, this task could quickly become time-consuming. Plus, it opens you up to potential errors and missing clients that do qualify for the disclosure.
Using an Agency Management System (AMS)
Using an AMS, like AgencyBloc, your process could be more efficient. An AMS can:
- Quickly identify upcoming sales and renewals that will require a disclosure
- Provide a downloadable report with the exact information you need to fill out the disclosure form
- Help you stay on track with notifications and reminders to issue the disclosure at the right time
- Centralize your client paperwork and create a digital paper trail that you can refer back to and trust
AgencyBloc’s Broker Compensation Disclosure Report
AgencyBloc is the #1 Agency Recommended Management System for health and life insurance agencies. In an effort to provide our clients with the tools they need to be successful, we’ve added the Broker Compensation Disclosure Report. This report identifies which of your clients need to receive the compensation disclosure and brings together the data you need to fill out your compensation disclosure form.
Centralizing your client and commission data gives you better visibility so that you can more accurately track which of your clients qualify for the disclosure and when they received the disclosure from you. AgencyBloc’s Commission Module gives you a complete view of your incoming compensation to provide you with the information you need to process, track, and disclose appropriately. Once you’ve issued the disclosure, add a copy to AgencyBloc’s CRM that is date and time stamped to create a digital paper trail you can trust.
Likewise, you can add an additional step in AgencyBloc’s Sales Pipeline to ensure you send the disclosure to upcoming new and renewal sales and use Automated Workflow to assign a task to the person on your team who issues the disclosures. Once the task is completed, that information is reflected in the client’s record for additional auditing and process management.
An example Sales Pipeline for employee benefits could look like this:
|Initial Meeting/Proposal Presented
|Send Broker Compensation Disclosure
Having these steps in place means that you’re staying ahead of the process and never missing a thing. Plus, you’re staying compliant and doing your due diligence to take care of your clients and provide them with an optimal level of service. This allows you to add more value to your new and existing client relationships, improve your retention rate, and increase the chance of cross-selling.
How to Manage Your Broker Compensation Disclosures in AgencyBloc
Use AgencyBloc's Commission Module and Broker Compensation tools to identify, track, and manage your Broker Compensation Disclsoures all in one centralized location to streamline your processes and help you stay compliant.