B. Ronnell Nolan, HIA – President / CEO

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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REPRESENTATION MATTERS:  President/CEO, founded in 2012 Health Agents for America, Inc. “HAFA” (members in 43 states), a non-profit trade association exclusively for health insurance agents; President/CEO, HAFA PAC Louisiana and HAFA PAC Federal; President/CEO, founded The Nolan Group in 2001, a boutique insurance and lobbyist firm.  She currently serves on the CMS Trade Group for the Federally Funded Marketplace, the Louisiana Department of Insurance Agent Advisory Board, appointed by Commissioner Jim Donelon; represented Louisiana on the PEW entrepreneur class; currently serves on the Louisiana Health Care Commission; obtained her Health Insurance Associate, HIA; a licensed life and health insurance agent; a registered lobbyist; executive member of Ellevate Louisiana and member of the Center for Health Journalism.  She is passionate about working in Washington on Capitol Hill and State Government to effect change for agents/brokers and the clients they represent.


MEDIA COVERAGE:  September 2014 and September 2015, Awarded “Most Influential Women in Employee Benefits” by Employee Benefit Adviser; May 2015 received “Women of Excellence Award” by Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation; May 2014, was the cover and feature story of the Employee Benefit Adviser; regularly quoted by the Wall Street Journal, InsuranceNewsNet, Kliplinger, USA Today, LifeHealthPro, BenefitsPro, Employee Benefit Adviser, the Advocate and many other local and national media outlets.


ACTION MATTERS:  As President/CEO, Health Agents for America, Inc, she identified the need for a new Association that represents Agents/Brokers exclusively.  Agents/Brokers needed someone to bring them to the table and fight for them in every arena and in every State. Agents/Brokers represent consumers and consumers need a voice.  Today, HAFA represents health insurance Agents/Brokers in 46 States. 


GRASSROOTS LEGISLATION EFFORTS:  Since the inception of HAFA in November 2012, Ms Nolan has met with the Office of Management & Budget in the White House, CCIIO, CMS, DOL, HHS and the Federal Marketplace in Washington, DC.  Currently, she is working with CMS and DOL regarding the requirements of the Commission Transparency Law included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.


Ms. Nolan and her Legislative Team worked on HAFA’s Healthcare Reform position paper and delivered it to Capitol Hill in early February 2021.  She enjoys working with Senator Bill Cassidy, he filed “Equalizing the Playing Field for Agents & Brokers”, S1653, has worked on “S2179 Enhancing Access for Agents & Brokers Act” with Senator Mary Landrieu and “S1729 Expanded Consumer Choice Act” with Senator Mary Landrieu.  Ms. Nolan is proud of the hard work in the Louisiana Legislative Session, with the successful passage of HB 407/Act 63:  allowing agent/brokers to charge a voluntary fee when enrolling individual health insurance; HB 596/Act 56:  requiring insurance companies to notify agents/brokers 90 days prior to a commission change & HB 414/Act 283:  allowing agents/brokers to change a voluntary fee when enrolling health insurance and HB614/SB101/Act349:  requiring a license for navigators and the passage of Act 217:  providing claims transparency to the employers of Louisiana.


SPEAKING HIGHLIGHTS REGARDING THE ACA:  Employee Benefit Advisors Conference, Boca Raton, FL; National Network of Public Health Institutes, New Orleans, LA; BenefitsPro Conference, Indianapolis, IN; Employer Health Care Congress Conference, Washington, DC and Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Employer Global Health Congress, Las Vegas; Knowledge Congress; African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference; Speaker, Lorman Healthcare Reform for Employers; Gonzales, Westwego & Sunrise Rotary; Speaker, Louisiana Department of Insurance Conference; Louisiana Association of Business and Industry; Cortana Kiwanis; Daughters of Charity; Louisiana Health Care Commission; North Shore Business Association, Point Coupee and West Jefferson Chamber of Commerce; 3rd Annual Global Women’s Leadership Summit, Women Leading in Healthcare, Tourism & Benefit Industry, Orlando Florida