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Association Health Plans – A Solution for Small Businesses?

Posted By John Chwat, Director, Government Relations, Friday, March 24, 2017

As the US Congress continues its efforts to revise and propose legislative and policy changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as “Obamacare,” one of the most popular alternatives to greater health coverage for individuals has come back for consideration, known as the “Association Health Plans (AHP).” This proposal was presented a long time ago within hearings and bills in the Congress but never was added to the ACA, nor to any health-related insurance legislation. Many Senators and Congressmen have started to support its concept as has some of the major trade and professional associations during this 2017 health debate.

Members of ESA are urged to contact their US House members who serve on the Education and the Workforce Committee as well as other elected officials urging passage of H.R. 1101 and inclusion of AHPs in any revision of health coverage laws and policy. The following is a list of House members on the Education and Workforce Committee:

    Republicans

    Rep. Virgina Foxx, North Carolina (Chair)

    Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina (Vice Chair)

    Rep. Duncan Hunter, California

    Rep. David P. Roe, Tennessee

    Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Tim Walberg, Michigan

    Rep. Brett Guthrie, Kentucky

    Rep. Todd Rokita, Indiana

    Rep. Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Luke Messer, Indiana

    Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama

    Rep. David Brat, Virginia

    Rep. Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin

    Rep. Steve Russell, Oklahoma

    Rep. Elise Stefanik, New York

    Rep. Rick W. Allen, Georgia

    Rep. Jason Lewis, Minnesota

    Rep. Francis Rooney, Florida

    Rep. Paul Mitchell, Michigan

    Rep. Tom Garrett, Jr., Virginia

    Rep. Lloyd K. Smucker, Pennsylvania

    Rep. A. Drew Ferguson, IV, Georgia Vacancy

    Democrats

    Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (Ranking Member), Virginia

    Rep. Susan A. Davis, California

    Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, Arizona

    Rep. Joe Courtney, Connecticut

    Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Ohio

    Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado

    Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Northern Mariana Islands

    Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, Florida

    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon

    Rep. Mark Takano, California

    Rep. Alma S. Adams, North Carolina

    Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, California

    Rep. Donald Norcross, New Jersey

    Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Delaware

    Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Illinois

    Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire

    Rep. Adriano Espaillat, New York

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