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Legislative Alert: Association Health Plan (AHP), October 1999

On Oct. 6, 1999, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Quality Care for the Uninsured Act, H.R. 2990. This bill contains a provision that would allow associations like NRCA to offer a standard health insurance package to their members nationwide, without having to allow for different state mandates. This will lower health insurance costs for small business owners. NRCA strongly supports the Association Health Plan (AHP) provision in H.R. 2990.

Currently, a conference committee of representatives and senators on Capitol Hill is meeting to resolve the differences between H.R. 2990 and the Senate-passed version of health care legislation. NRCA is concerned that the AHP provision in H.R. 2990 will be left out of the final conference report due to a lack of support in the Senate. Senators on the Conference Committee are:

Don Nickles (R-OK)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Jim Jeffords (R-VT)
Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
Bill Frist (R-TN)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Phil Gramm (R-TX)
John Rockefeller (D-WV)
Tim Hutchinson (R-AR)
Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

We are urging you to write to your senator to help us keep the AHP provision in the final report. We are also asking you to write Senator Don Nickles, Assistant Majority Leader, for his support. Surprisingly, he does not support AHP legislation.

Click here to read NRCA's issue brief about AHP legislation and here for a sample letter that you can place on your company stationery and send to your senator and Assistant Majority Leader Nickles. (Oklahoma residents, you need only send one letter to Senator Nickles.)

Please fax a copy of your correspondence to NRCA's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 546-9289. Please share any responses you receive, as well. If you have questions, call the Washington office at (800) 338-5765. Thank you for your help with this important issue.





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