Society staff and Association Health Plan Trustee John Maher, MD, met with U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman and staff last week to share ongoing concerns regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule on association health plans. As written, the rule would make it difficult for the Society’s Association Health Plan to continue to operate.
In March, the Society submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL), and in February, Society staff and members met with DOL staff and offices of Wisconsin Congressional delegation to outline concerns.
Following this week’s meeting with Rep. Grothman (R-WI 6), he agreed to meet with the DOL to reinforce these concerns. The Society Association Health Plan Trust currently covers more than 1,100 people and 22 employer groups, serving as an important vehicle for medical practices to purchase health insurance for physicians, their employees and their families.
The Society will continue its efforts to change problematic portions of the proposed rule before it is finalized later this year.
Speaker Ryan announces retirement
On Wednesday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI 1) announced he will not seek re-election in November, but plans to complete this term and remain Speaker through this year.
There are already two announced Democratic candidates for the open seat—Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers, and an announcement regarding Republican candidates is expected soon. In what promises to be a closely watched contest, the well-respected University of Virginia Center for Politics has now moved this race from “lean Republican” into the “toss-up” category.
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