Capitol Correspondence - 05.04.19

DOL Appeals Court Stoppage of Association Health Plans

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ANCOR is sharing this article by ASAE as an update to an earlier article on association health plans (AHPs). As noted previously, while ANCOR is a member of ASAE, we have not taken a position on AHPs. We are sharing this information because of its potential application to our members who lead state associations.

As shared by ASAE:

“The Trump administration on April 26 filed a notice of appeal of a recent court ruling invalidating the Department of Labor’s final rule on association health plans (AHPs).

The Department of Justice has not asked for a stay of the U.S. District Court decision while the lawsuit is on appeal, meaning that the March 28 ruling invaliding parts of the AHP rule is in effect. However, just after the notice of appeal, the Department of Labor put out a policy statement indicating that those who have already enrolled in AHPs under the final rule can maintain that coverage until the end of their plan year. The DOL has also said that existing AHPs can renew coverage after the end of the year for those businesses and employees that have already enrolled.”