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Association Health Plans

January 31, 2023

Review the requirements for association health plans (AHPs) imposed by the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA). Understand how U.S. Department of Labor rules shape how you advise clients wishing to either establish a new AHP or reevaluate the operations of an existing AHP. Get answers to two threshold questions that any association seeking to establish an AHP must address: (1) whether the association qualifies as a bona fide association under ERISA and therefore meets the definition of employer capable of sponsoring an ERISA health plan, and (2) depending on the association’s qualifications, whether it can adopt a viable AHP.

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