Labor Dept. announces final rule on association health plans:

The Labor Department issued a final rule that will make it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to join together to purchase cheaper association health plans that skirt some Affordable Care Act requirements. Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta said the new plans “will offer more health care coverage options at a better price,” but a recent Avalere Health analysis showed expansion of association health plans would cause 3.2 million people to leave the ACA markets by 2022 and raise premiums for those still in the individual market by 3.5%.

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A pharmacy provider may only receive claim-level pharmacy reimbursement details for prescriptions dispensed at that provider’s location. The department is authorized to make such state plan, policy, or contract amendments as necessary to implement these provisions. 

Please check back for updates on this matter or reach out to Jim Ritchie, Executive Director, if you have any questions.