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 »

Trump Administration Finalizes AHP Rule

The Trump administration this week issued a final rule expanding association health plans (AHPs) as a means of helping small businesses and self-employed people get affordable health coverage. “The Trump administration hopes to level the playing field between large companies and small businesses by expanding access to association health plans,” Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told… Read more »

HHS Boosts Short-Term Health Plans

The Trump administration announced this week it will rewrite rules to extend the time consumers can rely on short-term health plans to a year at a time. These short-term plans, which were intended to be a solution for people between jobs, do not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s benefits requirements and can… Read more »