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Insurance Commissioner: Statement on Federal Government Confirming States’ Regulatory Authority Over Association Health Plans


Harrisburg, PA - Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman today issued the following statement in response to the federal Department of Labor’s response to her letter of August 2 confirming states retain regulatory authority over association health plans (AHPs) under the new federal government rule covering these plans:

“I am pleased the federal Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed the Wolf Administration’s position that states retain regulatory authority over AHPs, by confirming in writing that the DOL’s Final Rule on these plans does not modify the states’ existing authority to regulate AHPs under state insurance laws.’ This confirms my ability to protect Pennsylvania consumers.

“Allowing Pennsylvania to continue to regulate AHPs means consumers here will continue to receive the strong protections Governor Wolf and I believe are vital to make sure health insurance provides the coverage Pennsylvanians need and deserve, such as essential health benefits and prescription drug coverage.”

AHPs are health insurance plans for employees purchased through an association or group of small employers, typically organized around a common professional interest. Commissioner Altman has expressed concerns over the federal government’s rule, which expands the definition of the term “employer,” allowing more employers to form associations to buy insurance in the large-group market.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ron Ruman - 717-787-3289

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