Stopgap CR Delays Cadillac Tax

The stopgap spending deal reached by Congress on Monday ended the brief government shutdown, but also delayed three Affordable Care Act (ACA) taxes. While funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was a key negotiating point in discussions to reopen the government, the continuing resolution (H.R. 195) passed by the House and Senate Jan…. Read more »

ASAE Preparing Comments on AHP Rules

ASAE is in the process of preparing comments on proposed rules released last week to expand association health plans (AHPs) as a means of providing access to affordable health coverage for small businesses and their employees. Comments on the Department of Labor’s proposed rules are due March 6, 2018. ASAE will share its draft comments… Read more »

DOL Issues Proposed Rule Expanding AHPs

The Trump administration today proposed new regulations to expand association health plans (AHPs) to create more access to affordable health coverage for small businesses and their employees. The proposed rules stem from an executive order President Trump issued in October directing federal agencies to loosen restrictions under the federal ERISA law to allow groups that… Read more »

Health Care Top of Mind for Voters This Week

A big takeaway from Tuesday’s elections was that health care – specifically, Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid – is of great importance to many voters. In Virginia, where the GOP-controlled House of Delegates had blocked Medicaid expansion for years, voters elected a whole slate of Democratic candidates who have pressed for Medicaid expansion that would cover… Read more »

Trump Signs Order to Expand AHPs

President Trump signed an executive order this morning instructing federal agencies to rewrite federal rules for association health plans (AHPs), which allow small businesses of a similar type to band together through an association to purchase coverage. Under the executive order, membership groups could sponsor insurance plans across state lines and would be able to… Read more »