House Proposal to Promote Association Health Plans Poses Risks for Insurance Markets, Consumers

By Kevin Lucia and Sabrina Corlette

While the nation is focusing on the American Health Care Act, the most recent proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), another Republican proposal is quickly advancing through Congress.* The Small Business Health Fairness Act, H.R. 1101, allows small employers to band together and buy health insurance though federally certified associations. Despite its name, the bill would have a considerable and likely detrimental impact on the private health insurance market and undermine the ability of states to protect small employers and their employees.

In their most recent post for the Commonwealth Fund’s To the Point blog, CHIR experts Kevin Lucia and Sabrina Corlette review the policy goals behind the association health plan bill and potential risks for small businesses. Read the full article here.

*The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 22, 2017.