This month’s Benefits Webinar will discuss the Department of Labor’s final rule expanding the availability of association health plans (AHPs) issued on June 19th. The core purpose of an AHP is to allow small employers to band together and obtain health coverage in the large group insurance market, which generally imposes fewer coverage requirements. For example, unlike the small group insurance market, policies issued in the large group insurance market are not required to cover “essential health benefits” under federal law. According to the DOL, AHPs will “expand employer and employee access to more affordable, high-quality coverage.” However, AHPs remain subject to regulation under state laws governing multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), and they are still subject to certain federal mandates including coverage of mental health benefits, no lifetime or annual limits on certain benefits, and nondiscrimination provisions which will add additional layers of complexity to these new plan designs.
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About the Series
On the first Thursday of each month, Littler’s employee benefits attorneys and guest speakers will discuss the issues employee benefits professionals face every day. They will cover employee benefit trends, legal updates, and compliance strategies. Tune in for 40 minutes, bring your questions and comments or just listen, laugh and learn.
10:00 - 10:40 am PT
12:00 - 12:40 pm CT
1:00 - 1:40 pm ET