Newsline

Senator Opposes Association Health Plans

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Judd Gregg, R-N.H., announced his opposition to association health plan (AHP) legislation, according to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC).

In a letter to the editor of New Hampshire newspaper The Union Leader, Gregg said the danger of these plans is that insurers and businesses would be able to "cherry-pick" who they insure.

With that option, he fears they will cover only young, healthy employees, thus keeping down the cost of health insurance. Gregg said that he plans to offer his own alternative bill next year, aimed at making health insurance more affordable in the small group and individual markets.

The PHCC has lobbied against similar statements by explaining that it is illegal for association health plans to deny coverage to eligible participants based on the health status of an individual employer or employee.

During the House's consideration of AHP legislation in late May, PHCC targeted its advocacy on Democrats that previously supported the AHP legislation and on all other Democrats who originally opposed the measure. PHCC's approach will continue to focus on uncommitted Democrats, but will also target Republicans who have not currently co-sponsored the legislation.

The House of Representatives passed AHP legislation twice in the 108th Congress (H.R. 660, H.R. 4281). Senate companion legislation (S. 545) has stalled.

Publication date: 08/23/2004

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.

Podcasts

NEWSMakers: Howard Weiss
Howard Weiss, executive vice president, HVAC Excellence stopped by The NEWS’ booth at the AHR Expo to discuss HVAC Excellence’s upcoming conference, networking opportunities at large expo’s, and much more. Posted on Feb. 27.
More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 03-02-15 cover

2015 March 2

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

HVAC Trends

The NEWS regularly reports on HVAC industry trends in our weekly issues. What trends do you see?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

2015.jpg
2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con