Senate passes bill legalizing Association Health Plans
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The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would legalize Association Health Plans, allowing small businesses and the self-employed to ban together in hopes of getting better coverage.
AHPs provide an affordable option to small businesses, said Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, the prime sponsor of the bill “but there would be businesses left behind in the small group and individual market and we have to protect them too.”
Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, who also offered a bill and an amendment allowing AHPs, said that Feltes’ bill was so “rigorous, it’s unlikely to offer the economic benefits to make that jump. It presents an opportunity that is rather hollow if it won’t work.”