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Walberg Introduces Bill to Expand Health Care Options for Small Businesses

April 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (MI-07), Republican Leader of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, joined by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, today introduced the Association Health Plans Act of 2019 (H.R. 2294), legislation to expand health care options and lower costs for small businesses through association health plans (AHPs). U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Upon the bill's introduction, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said:

“Association health plans level the playing field and allow small businesses to provide their employees with competitive, high-quality health care plans on par with those offered by unions and large corporations. Last Congress, I was proud to champion and to see the House pass H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, legislation empowering small businesses to band together to form AHPs. I thank Senator Enzi for his work on the bill, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to deliver lower health care costs and greater peace of mind to working families.”

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) said:

“The American people – not the federal government – should choose the health insurance plan that works best for them. Association health plans expand the opportunity for Americans to choose insurance that meets their needs, and for employers to provide quality insurance to their employees. As a physician who once owned my own practice, I am encouraged that these plans allow employers to partner together to offer quality coverage that can be more affordable. Where the Affordable Care Act limited Americans’ health care choices, association health plans take a step toward expanding our options and restoring our personal liberty. The Trump Administration, through rulemaking, has prioritized making these commonsense plans accessible. However, the courts have attacked President Trump’s efforts and could jeopardize the individuals who are covered by roughly 30 existing association health plans. I urge Congress to pass this legislation to make health care flexibility the law of the land.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said:

“Over the past decade, small businesses across the country have struggled beneath the weight of Obamacare’s crushing health care mandates. This bill protects choices for Americans who desperately need them by allowing access to association health plans so that small businesses can provide their employees with affordable, comprehensive health care options. I applaud Rep. Walberg for continuing to fight for this commonsense solution and Senator Enzi for taking the lead in the Senate to bring expanded coverage options at lower costs to millions of hardworking Americans.”