AHPs Highlighted at Ways and Means Hearing

During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing this week, association health plans (AHPs) were referenced as an affordable and effective option for covering individuals with pre-existing health conditions. Ways and Means Democrats convened the hearing Jan. 29 to draw attention to efforts by the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers to chip away at the… Read more »

Coalition Files Brief in Support of DOL’s AHP Rule

ASAE and the Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans filed an amicus brief in federal court yesterday supporting the Department of Labor’s authority to issue its final AHP regulations last summer. The coalition’s amicus brief, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, backs the administration’s motion to dismiss a… Read more »

Association Health Plans Allaying Critics’ Fears

The early returns on association health plans (AHPs) – expanded by the Trump administration earlier this year to give small businesses and self-employed workers more options for coverage – are encouraging, according to recent reports. Most of the early AHPs that have formed or expanded since the Department of Labor’s June rule cover pre-existing conditions… Read more »

No Funding for AHPs in Spending Bills

Funding to implement the Labor Department’s new rule expanding access to association health plans (AHPs) is not included in appropriations bills approved recently by House and Senate committees. The Labor Department’s regulation was finalized in June, allowing more groups to form AHPs as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act health exchanges. Under the final… Read more »

Las Vegas Chamber to Start AHP

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce announced recently it plans to be among the first business groups to take advantage of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule expanding association health plans (AHPs). The Las Vegas chamber hopes to start an AHP for Nevada small businesses and sole proprietors by Sept. 1, according to… Read more »