NU Online News Service, Dec. 21, 1:10 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON–Healthcare reform legislation viewed as more positive to insurance agents than earlier versions cleared a critical hurdle in the Senate early this morning, setting the stage for Senate passage as early as the evening of Christmas Eve.

The key revision, from the standpoint of agents and brokers, of benefit to them came in an amendment unveiled early Saturday that included deletion of a provision that would have required the federal Department of Health and Human Services to regulate broker compensation for products sold in state exchanges.

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