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New Potential WVNPA Health Insurance Opportunity

By on March 7, 2019 in News
Update: 4/16/19
Many of you participated in the March 18 and March 29 webinars with Joe Stanton of Thornburg Insurance Agency about a potential WVNPA Health Insurance Program for members. After discussion with partner carriers, it was agreed that it is in our best interest to wait until the dust settles on the two recent federal rulings. We do not want to ask you to complete the census form and questionnaire until we have the green light to proceed.
The two rulings that could potentially impact a WVNPA Health Insurance Program:
  • Dec. 14, 2018 federal judge ruling that the entire ACA is invalid because of the elimination of the individual mandate penalty is under appeal and will likely be taken up by the Supreme Court. Read More
  • March 28, 2019 federal judge ruling that parts of the Trump administration’s 2018 final rule on association health plans (AHP) were invalid. Read More

We thank you for your patience and will keep you posted as we learn more. Read on below for background on this potential program.

For some time now, many of you have inquired about whether we might be able to offer health insurance as a benefit of membership in the WVNPA. We’ve been researching the possibility for the last 4 years, and we are now inviting you to let us know your level of interest and find out more by watching our webinar on the topic. Read on below to learn more!


*After you watch the webinar, if you are interested in completing the census and questionnaire and/or learning more about potential health insurance through the WVNPA, please let us know.


In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to consider issuing regulations that would permit more employers to form Association Health Plans (AHPs) as a way to expand access to more affordable health coverage. Last year, the DOL released a final rule that gives small businesses more freedom to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market through AHPs. This webinar is the first step in exploring the opportunity to formulate an Assocation Health Plan for the WVNPA and to gauge interest of our members and potential members. We hope you will join us along with Joseph Stanton of Thornburg Insurance Agency to give you an introduction to this idea and talk about next steps. Click on the link above to watch the webinar recording and learn more.



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