Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, (right) and Bob Borland, vice president of operations for Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings give their testimony.Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, and Bob Borland, vice president of operations for Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings were joined by Kunal Patel, MD, of Fox Valley Radiology Associates to testify during the Assembly Committee on Health in support of Assembly Bill 920. The bill would allows the establishment of employer groups to jointly provide health care benefits on a self-funded basis to the employers’ eligible employees and their dependents under a health care benefit arrangement.
Association Health Plans (AHP), such as the one available to Society members, allow smaller employers to come together and purchase health care coverage at a more competitive rate than they could by themselves. However, as written, a recent proposed rule by the federal Department of Labor would make it challenging for AHPs to continue to operate.
And while Society staff met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor this week to express concerns about the proposed rule, Dr. Chumbley testified in Madison to the fact that AHPs allow small physician practices to stay in business by offering their employees competitive benefits, thereby attracting and retaining talent that might otherwise seek better benefits at a larger system. Doctor Patel, who serves as a trustee for the Society’s AHP Board, spoke as a manager of a small practice who has been able to keep his employees well-covered through an AHPs.
The Society’s AHP currently partners with 433 employers and covers more than 1100 individuals.
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