For Subscribers

Bill of Health?

New legislation may cure your health insurance pains.

By Stephen Barlas

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

The senate may finally be ready to provide what manyentrepreneurs believe will be an Rx for their health insurancewoes. As has happened in Congresses since 1996, the House willundoubtedly pass legislation allowing small businesses to jointrade associations called Association Health Plans. AHPs wouldpurchase the kinds of group health plans only big businesses canbuy now. The House Education and Workforce Committee took the firststep in March when it passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act(H.R. 525/S.406).

In past years, similar bills have passed the House, only tolanguish in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and PensionsCommittee. But this year, the committee has a new chair, Sen. MikeEnzi (R-WY), who appears more receptive to the bill, and a numberof first-year GOP senators are co-sponsoring the bill with OlympiaSnowe (R-ME), increasing its chances. Democratic support is stillsparse.

Continue reading this article — and all of our other premium content with Entrepreneur+

For just $5, you can get unlimited access to all Entrepreneur’s premium content. You’ll find:

  • Digestible insight on how to be a better entrepreneur and leader
  • Lessons for starting and growing a business from our expert network of CEOs and founders
  • Meaningful content to help you make sharper decisions
  • Business and life hacks to help you stay ahead of the curve

Related Topics

Business News

Police: 82-Year-Old Woman Found Alive at New York Funeral Home After Being Pronounced Dead

The woman was found breathing almost three hours after she was pronounced dead.


The Greasy, Glamorous Rise of Mascara

You won't believe the grimy gunk people used to smear on their eyelashes -- and still do.

Business News

An NFL Rookie Scores a $514,000 Jackpot in Las Vegas

Los Angeles Rams running back Ronnie Rivers sat down to play 3-card poker and left a half million dollars richer.

Business News

Plane Makes Emergency Landing When Fire Breaks Out After Takeoff, 4 Hospitalized

United Flight 2664 was grounded shortly after takeoff after a passenger's external battery pack went up in flames.


4 Tips to Coexisting Peacefully With a Business Partner

The multiplication of talents is the most crucial part of the partnership. Here's a breakdown of how to effectively manage a business partnership, even when it gets tough.