HHS Rules Don’t Preempt Association Plan Community Rate Exemption

On September 6, the Federal Register published amendments by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to its May 2011 regulations that require disclosure and state review of “unreasonable premium increases” by health insurers. The amendments expand the definitions of the individual and small group health plan markets to explicitly include plans purchased…

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Insurance Commissioner sends the Association Health Plan Market into shock

Shortly after the President signed health care reform legislation, many of us spent long hours parsing the thick bill to discern a place in a reformed market for association health plans. As I noted in prior articles (e.g., what-is-a-mewa-and-will-they-be-sent-to-the-health-care-reformatory ), for over fifteen years, the Washington small group market has been dominated by member governed…

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