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Association Health Plans Pass

Thursday, April 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Graham
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Governor Kelly allowed House Bill 2209 to become law without her signature.  While bundled with other controversial issues, the bill does include the association health plan provisions which allows a small business to have broader access to larger health insurance programs.

 

In the restaurant and hospitality industry, our people are our greatest asset. Small businesses operate on razor-thin margins, and choosing a health plan can be intimidating in the face of expensive premiums and limited options. AHPs are a welcome solution for small business owners who don’t want to sacrifice quality and coverage. They present employers and employees alike with comprehensive healthcare coverage by allowing small businesses to band together to seek out the coverage at scale – just like large employers.  

  “The Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association is very excited the Kansas Legislature and Governor Kelly worked to broaden healthcare options for Kansas employees,” remarked Adam Mills, President of KRHA.  “Better employee health insurance was a top legislative priority for the many small businesses in our association and we believe the passage of this legislation will help almost immediately.”
 
The KRHA worked with nearly 15 other Kansas associations to communicate the need for this law and to reinforce with legislators the fact that many small Kansas businesses have plans to take advantage of the accompanying reduced costs and increased access to more reasonably priced insurance and healthcare afforded by this new legislation.
 KRHA’s lobbyist, Scott Schneider, stated in House committee testimony on HB 2054 (a House predecessor bill), “Small businesses with 2-50 employees desperately need better access to insurance and healthcare. We believe any action allowing our member’s access to our fully-insured health plan offered by the National Restaurant Association would be a major benefit for our employees.”  

Healthcare has never been a “one size fits all” proposition. The added choice and competition from association health plans are transforming the health insurance market for the better. Our state has a chance to ensure that no matter the size of a business, employers can take care of their staff, providing quality health plans that don’t break the bank.
 
KRHA is excited to begin offering this member benefit through the National Restaurant Association Hospitality Trust.  More information will be released on how you can participate in this cost savings program as soon as details become available.

Update provided by KRHA Lobbyist:
Schneider Law Firm LLC
800 SW Jackson, Suite 1416 B
Topeka, KS 66612