Press ReleaseJune 19, 2018

Job Creators Network Cheers Expansion of Association Health Plans

DOL rule could potentially revolutionize healthcare for millions, says JCN

Washington, DC (June 19, 2018) – A new rule expected later today by the Department of Labor that will dramatically expand access to association health plans (AHPs) could provide relief to millions of small businesses and their employees, said the Job Creators Network (JCN) today.

“This is an enormous victory for small business and it’s revolutionary for sole proprietors,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN’s President and CEO. “The high cost of insurance is a massive drain on the economy, a massive drain on small businesses, and a massive impediment to business formation. The expansion of AHPs will create more options, more competition, and lower costs for Main Street small businesses.”

President Trump last year ordered federal agencies to find ways to reduce the cost of healthcare after Congress failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Since then, the Department of Labor has been working on new rules that would allow millions of small businesses to purchase insurance through association health plans. JCN strongly supports the initiative.

“Association health plans allow small businesses to form larger purchasing groups,” said Dr. Tom Price, JCN’s Sr. Fellow for Healthcare and former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. “It allows small businesses to create the same efficiencies that make it possible for large corporations to shop across state lines, weigh multiple choices, and purchase insurance for their employees at considerably lower costs.”

There are roughly 30 million small businesses in America, many of which are trapped in the Obamacare exchanges, which severely limit choices, or the individual market where rates are skyrocketing.

“This is potentially revolutionary,” said Ortiz. “We are very grateful to President Trump for putting this in motion, and we are extremely pleased with the Department of Labor’s effort to make health insurance more affordable for millions of Americans.”

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