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Bill of Health?

New legislation may cure your health insurance pains.

By Stephen Barlas

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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.

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