Court Strikes Down Association Health Plan Rules

On March 28th, 2019, a Federal District Court in the District of Columbia struck down significant portions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Association Health Plan (AHP) Final Rule. Specifically, the Court found the DOL “failed to reasonably interpret” ERISA when issuing these rules: • expanding the definition of “employers” to include disparate groups of employers with no other commonality of interest other than geographic location; and • bringing working owners without employees within ERISA’s framework. This ruling effectively eliminates the expansion of AHPs to certain employers and working owners who do not meet the original parameters to be a part of an AHP. Click below to download the complete… Read More

Continue Reading

Important News From Independence Blue Cross: Trinity Health termination

February 11th 2019: For the past several months, we have been negotiating the terms of our agreements with Trinity Health (Trinity), which includes the following entities, as well as their professional providers, subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions: Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia, and Nazareth hospitals St. Mary Medical Center, including St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital, Saint Francis Healthcare, including Saint Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Delaware. We continue to engage in good‑faith negotiations, but we want to explain how customers and members could be affected if we are unable to reach a new agreement by March 31, 2019. How members would be affected If we are unable to reach a new agreement, Trinity will no longer be… Read More

Continue Reading

Association Health Plans: What Do New Guidelines Mean for Healthcare?

From our PEO partners at Extensis… Back in October, President Trump signed an executive order intended to help make healthcare more affordable to individuals and small employers.This executive order marked the administration’s continued efforts to undo aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It also encouraged the use of Association Health Plans (AHPs) on a much larger scale (county, state, region, or even nation-wide) to potentially lower the costs of healthcare for individuals and smaller businesses. At the time, the President directed the Labor Department to study how to make AHPs a feasible option. Click here to read the story  

Continue Reading