Employer groups will be able to start offering association health plans (AHPs) as soon as this September 1, under the final AHP rule announced June 19 by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
The recent regulations on association health plans (AHPs) would make it easier for employers to provide cost-effective health coverage in a variety of situations, according to comments from a major plan sponsor organization. Other stakeholders, however, worry that AHP expansion might open the door to widespread fraud.
A rule recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would give employers with a “commonality of interest” the chance to offer health coverage jointly through association health plans (AHPs).
A bill recently cleared the House that is designed to help employers form association health plans (AHPs), including plans that cross state lines. The Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), sponsored by Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tim Walberg (R-MI), passed on March 22 by a vote of 236 to 175.