WBA’s launch of one of the first statewide association health plans (AHP) is attracting national attention. Bloomberg Law, an affiliate of Bloomberg, interviewed WBA’s Rose Oswald Poels regarding the decision to offer this new resource to the WBA membership.

“WBA carefully and thoughtfully evaluated our options on behalf of our members before making the decision to launch this plan. Our focus is finding the best solutions to the issues that keep them up at night,” Oswald Poels told Bloomberg Law.

Under a new Association Health Plan (AHP) rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, small businesses can enjoy the flexibility that large businesses have under the Affordable Care Act by pooling together. By joining together, the AHP members may be better positioned to negotiate pricing and coverage options for their members.

The association health plan will be offered through WBA Employee Benefits Corporation (EBC), a subsidiary of the WBA, and will be administered by UnitedHealthcare. Members will be able to choose from a variety of UnitedHealthcare health plans. Members also will have access to UnitedHealthcare’s care provider network of more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide, based on their chosen plans.

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