solaris_219 (solaris_219) wrote in olympiasnowe08,
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Association Health Plans move a step closer

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/stories/040305/bus_20050403018.shtml

Sen. Snowe is leading the way in creating association health plans, which will put small employers on equal footing with large companies that self-insure, and are thus exempted from state health insurance mandates. Senator Snowe's bill will help drive down health insurance costs, and encourage more employers to offer healthcare coverage to workers:

"It is ludicrous that we have a two-tiered health insurance system in this country where one group of employers, large ones and those who are union employers, get preferential treatment over those who create 75 percent of the jobs; I am at a loss to understand why small businesses should be denied the same advantages that these other employers already have." (Oakland Press, 4/3/2005)
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