Senate’s Health Bill Would Make Life Easier For Some Small Businesses

Association-based health insurance could have a lot of appeal for restaurants and other businesses with younger, healthier workers.

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Association-based health insurance could have a lot of appeal for restaurants and other businesses with younger, healthier workers.

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Some small-business owners burdened with high health care costs would get a break via an obscure provision in the health bill proposed by the GOP Senate. The provision would offer less regulation, more bargaining power and better prices.

But those benefits could come at a cost to others.

The clause, included in the proposal advanced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last month, would exempt insurance policies sold through “associations” from most Affordable Care Act mandates and state regulations. To be able to offer these plans to their employees, small businesses join an association, which may be loosely based on certain types of professional, trade or interest groups that offers insurance to members.

The exemption in McConnell’s bill would mean these association plans could offer lower-cost coverage that does not include a

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/12/536734314/senates-health-bill-would-ease-rules-for-some-small-business-health-plans?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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