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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Trump Signs Order to Set AHPs Free

Today President Trump signed an Executive Order with significant implications to both Obamacare and health insurance markets in general. Here are highlights from the Order which will be reviewed in more detail later. Loosen traditional DOL interpretations of “bona fide” association to permit more diverse associations with less in common among the employers. “Sec. 2.…

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Judge Denies Associated Industries Motion to Dismiss DOL Lawsuit

Last week, Judge Rice denied Associated Industries Management Services and Associated Employers Trust motion to dismiss the Department of Labor lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duties under ERISA. The federal court later accepted the parties agreed extension of time required for Associated Industries to file an answer to the DOL complaint. The defendants will have until…

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