In Part 1 of our two-part series on the new Association Health Plan (AHP) regulations, we focused on the headline-worthy rules: effective dates, the types of entities that can offer an AHP, and the expanded definition of “employer” (to include Sole Proprietors!). Part 2 of our series is less glitzy; however, we delve into equally important rules, such as minimum benefit standards, filing and solvency requirements, and the state’s role.
In Washington State, we saw the tightening of the Association Health Plan (AHP) markets when it was decreed that only AHPs that represented specific industries (denoted by NAICS codes) could continue to operate under large-group rating rules. At that time, our options for most employers were cut in half.
With the release of final AHP regulations in June, our State’s AHP options may be able to expand to “like groups” and “like geographies”. Plus Sole Proprietors, Partners, and other “working owners” could be added as eligible employers for AHP group-based coverage.
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