On Thursday, October 12th, the White House issued an Executive Order(link is external) directing the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury to consider changes to increase access to more affordable health insurance options for Americans, including “Association Health Plans” (AHPs). The focus of the Order’s AHP provision is employer provided health insurance coverage. It does not specifically apply to insurance coverage for self-employed individuals or independent contractors.
NAR has long supported legislation enabling the creation of AHPs, as well as other similar efforts to expand health insurance options for REALTORS®. While the Executive Order’s AHP provision, as proposed, does not apply to independent contractors, NAR will continue to work with the Administration and Congress on regulatory and legislative changes needed to make Association Health Plans a workable option for REALTORS®.