January 09, 2018
In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon discuss the newly proposed regulations related to association health plans (AHPs). The DOL’s proposed regulations are a response to the Oct. 12, 2017, executive order from Pres. Trump directing the DOL and other agencies to (among other things) expand the availability of AHPs. Suzanne breaks down the DOL’s proposal, which calls for revisions to ERISA so as to redefine “employer” and allow more groups of employers to qualify as associations. The two discuss the impact on small employers, sole proprietors and other self-employed individuals, and how state and federal (including ACA) regulation of an AHP would work.