The Department of Labor published proposed rules earlier this month that would expand the availability of coverage sold through association health plans (AHPs) to small businesses and self-employed individuals. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until March 6, 2018.
In a recent brief for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health & Value Strategies program, CHIR’s Sabrina Corlette provides an overview of the proposal and highlights key issues for states to consider. These include the scope of state authority to assess and regulate AHPs, a request for comment on whether the Department should exempt certain AHPs from state regulation, and implications for state premium tax revenue. The full brief can be downloaded here.