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 »

DC Hearing Targets DOL’s AHP Rule

The DC Council is considering legislation that would prohibit fully-insured “large group” association health plans (AHPs) from operating in the nation’s capital. The bill, titled the “Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act of 2018,” is largely in response to new rules from the Department of Labor that expand association health plans and short-term health plans as… Read more »

AHP Coalition to Work With Policymakers

ASAE is part of a recently-formed coalition that will work with federal and state policymakers to strike the right balance between regulating association health plans (AHPs) and providing the appropriate level of flexibility to allow organizations to provide comprehensive AHP health plans to their small employer and self-employed members. The Coalition to Protect and Promote… Read more »

House Bill Would Delay Cadillac Tax

The House may vote today on a bill to delay the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer-provided health insurance for an additional year, until Jan. 1, 2023. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), would also modify the ACA’s employer mandate by changing the threshold for classifying a full-time employee… Read more »

White House Pushing Short-Term Health Plans

The Trump administration issued a final rule Wednesday allowing for the sale and renewal of more short-term health plans that are designed to be inexpensive, but do not have to cover pre-existing conditions or comply with other Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements. Under the current rules, issued in 2016 by the Obama administration, short-term… Read more »