Thirty-eight states have asked Congress to reject legislation amending
the Employee Retirement Income Security Act that would allow small businesses
to form association health plans (AHPs), a type of insurance pool exempt from
The AHPs could then purchase insurance at a discount much like large
companies that self-insure. Supporters maintain that the measure would help
control health care costs and reduce the number of uninsured US residents.
Opponents say that the bill would lead to poor quality health plans.
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