For more than nine years, the National Association of REALTORS® has worked with Congress to address the growing need for reforms to our nation’s health insurance system. NAR’s advocacy efforts are based on the NAR Health Policy Principles developed by an NAR Presidential Task Force and approved by the NAR Board of Directors. Among the legislative approaches that NAR has advocated are small business health options plans (SHOP), small business health plans (SBHPs) and association health plans (AHPs).
However, NAR did not take a formal stance for or against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010. Instead, NAR worked with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to ensure that the needs of the self-employed, independent contractor were part of the health reform debate. NAR participated in early discussions that helped shape the self-employed and small business underwriting provisions of the ACA. NAR submitted testimony at Congressional reform hearings, Congressional letters outlining our position at various key points during the debate, and regulatory comment letters.