The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently struck down major portions of the DOL's final rules regarding Association Health Plans. The final AHP rules expand the definition of "employer" under ERISA which would help to ease the standards for new and existing associations to access the large group health insurance market. In State of New York v. United States Department of Labor, 11 states and D.C. sued the DOL claiming the final rule exceeded the scope of ERISA and would destabilize the individual and small group health insurance market. The court agreed and held that the AHP rules were an attempt to "end run" the regulatory requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
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