The House Education and Workforce Committee approved March 16 legislation (H.R. 525) that would allow small businesses to join together to buy health insurance through Association Health Plans. Supporters believe the Small Business Health Fairness Act will help small businesses leverage their bargaining power and achieve economies of scale. The House approved an identical measure in 2004 by a vote of 252-162. A companion bill (S. 406) was introduced in the Senate earlier this year.
To read the House Education and Workforce Committee’s press release, click here.
To read the bill, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and search on H.R. 525.