NC Passes Bill Expanding Association Health Plan Eligibility

Law360 (August 14, 2019, 10:01 PM EDT) -- North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday passed their own version of the federal government’s rule loosening membership criteria for association health plans, with the fate of the federal law uncertain after a D.C. federal judge gutted it this spring.

State lawmakers plan to present the bill to the governor on Thursday after ratifying the bill on Wednesday. The House passed the bill Aug. 7 by an 82-32 vote, while the Senate signed off on it with a 32-9 vote on Tuesday.

The bill praises the federal government’s rule, which expanded eligibility for association health plans in order to allow small businesses and...

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