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Jaime Herrera Beutler Statement on President’s Executive Order Expanding Association Health Plans

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Washington, D.C. , October 12, 2017 | comments

Today, U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on Association Health Plans:

“Here in Washington state, Association Health Plans (AHPs) currently provide roughly 400,000 individuals with quality, affordable health care plans – and that’s despite these popular programs being undermined and restricted by our state’s Insurance Commissioner. For many years, I’ve worked in a bipartisan manner to strengthen AHPs because they are a critical solution to making good health care more attainable for more people. If implemented correctly, the President’s expansion of AHPs could help bring down costs of quality care for thousands of Washingtonians.

“Unfortunately, supporting small businesses who want to provide health coverage for employees is one of the greatest areas of failure under the Affordable Care Act; the Obamacare small business exchange operated by Washington state only insures 164 people across all of Washington. There is no reason why small businesses shouldn’t be able to band together and offer employees the same types of quality health care plans as labor unions and large corporations do, and I will be eagerly monitoring how this executive order is implemented and will help however I can to make sure it is successful here in Southwest Washington.”

Below is background on Jaime’s efforts to strengthen AHPs in Washington state:

2017: Jaime Herrera Beutler Strengthens Small Business Health Care Legislation by Protecting Association Health Plans in Washington State

2015: U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Derek Kilmer Urge Support of Association Health Plans that Provide Coverage to 500,000 Washington Residents

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