The American Academy of Actuaries has expressed.
Business groups praised the change,earlier this year.
“We’ve been advocating for association health plans for almost 20 years, and we’re pleased to see the department moving aggressively forward,” said David French, senior vice president of government relations for the National Retail Federation.
Association plans have been around for decades, although enrollment has been more limited since the ACA’s passage. While some of the plans have worked well for their members, others have a checkered history.
In April, for example, Massachusetts regulatorswith Kansas-based Unified Life Insurance Company, which agreed to pay $2.8 million to resolve allegations that it engaged in deceptive practices, such as claiming it covered services that it did not.
The coverage “was sold across state lines and was issued through a third-party association,” according to a release from the Massachusetts attorney general’s office.
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