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 »

Ways and Means Acts on Health-Related Tax Bills

The House Ways and Means Committee today continued its markup of various health care-related tax bills that are “aimed at expanding consumer-directed health care and lowering premiums.” Yesterday the committee approved three bills that would expand access and use of health savings accounts (HSAs) to cover needed services. One bill (H.R. 6301), sponsored by Reps…. Read more »

Healthcare Tops ASAE’s Advocacy Survey

Healthcare policy, including the possible expansion of association health plans (AHPs), tops the list of advocacy concerns for association executives in ASAE’s 2018 Advocacy Priority Study. Every year, ASAE surveys its CEO and government relations executive members from across the country to gather feedback on where ASAE should focus its public policy resources, as well… 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 »

ASAE Comments on DOL’s Proposal to Expand AHPs

ASAE submitted comments today on the Department of Labor’s proposed rules to expand association health plans (AHPs). The proposed rule grew out of an executive order issued by President Trump last October, and would broaden the type of groups that could form association health plans with the goal of expanding affordable coverage options for small… Read more »