States sue DOL over new AHP rules

They said they would and they did. Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor (DOL) challenging DOL regulations liberalizing standards for creation and operation of Association Health Plans (AHPs). The complaint mirrors objections and comments submitted to DOL by a group of seventeen state attorneys general before the final rules were adopted.…

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DOL Final AHP Rules – Take a Breath

O.K., deep breath…slow down…no need to hyper-ventilate. Even if association health plans sold to small employers won’t include all of the “essential health benefits” mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that doesn’t mean the plans can be designed free from any regulatory constraints. Washington State association health plans will not suddenly appear on the…

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DOL Creates Two Kinds of AHPs – “Old School” and “New Age”

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations liberalizing standards for association health plans (AHPs) that DOL will recognize as single, large group health plans. The final regulations permit a more tenuous connection among participating employers and allow sole proprietors without employees to be considered employers. But the biggest change is the creation of…

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Associated Industries v DOL Update

Following the Spokane federal court’s partial grant of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) motion to strike Associated Industries defenses and arguments against the DOL motion, the association plan ERISA case heads toward mediation and potential settlement. “At the request of the parties, the Court is referring this matter to Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko for…

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