Association Health Plan Bill in House Would Weaken Parity
HR 4281 – the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004 – a bill in favor of Association Health Plans - is going to be voted on in the House on Thursday, May 13. Please contact your Representative to urge opposition to this bill, as it may be detrimental to people with mental illness for a variety of reasons, including the following:
- It severely undermine the effectiveness of the 34 state mental illness insurance parity laws,
- It fails to address the problem of the uninsured – studies demonstrate that most employers that would switch to AHP coverage already provide coverage on their own, and
- It places workers and their families at risk of losing coverage – studies show that AHPs have a long history of plan failures and insolvency (AHPs would not have to meet current solvency and reserve standards enforced by state insurance commissioners).
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May 12, 2004