December 7, 2015
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U.S. Reps. Kilmer, Herrera Beutler urge insurance commissioner to support Association Health Plans



Democratic Rep. Derek Kilmer and Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler agree: "We should preserve bipartisan, commonsense insurance market options for small employers, notably including Association Health Plans."

In a joint letter last week to the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the two members of Congress urged Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to protect AHPs, which are crucial health insurance options for small businesses and their employees.

Association Health Plans allow small business to offer half a million Washington employees affordable health care options.

In a press release announcing the formal letter to Kreidler, the members of Congress quoted AWB President Kris Johnson: “Association Health Plans are an important part of the health insurance market for small employers and need to be preserved. We know that many of the employers and their employees covered by our Association Health Plans were previously uninsured. In fact, historically roughly 40 percent did not have prior coverage. And these are often the smallest of small businesses – the average employer size in our plan is just 7 employees.”

AWB thanks Reps. Kilmer and Herrera Beutler for their important, ongoing work in support of Association Health Plans.

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