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Capitol Correspondence - 07.30.18

11 State Attorney Generals Sue Over Administration’s Association Health Plans Rule

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As shared by Politico:

“Attorneys general from 11 states and the District of Columbia filed a federal complaint on Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s new rules that expand availability of association health plans without some of Obamacare’s protections.

In announcing the new rules last month, the administration said they would make it easier for small businesses to band together to purchase cheaper health insurance — and, not coincidentally, serve as a key part of the president’s strategy to destroy Obamacare. Today’s complaint puts that point in legal terms — from the opposite side.

It says association health plans under the rule would dampen consumer protections enacted under the Affordable Care Act and that the Department of Labor violated the Administrative Procedures Act by redefining the term “employer” in a way that conflicts with the health care law.”

ANCOR is monitoring this issue due to its potential application to I/DD provider state associations.