NU Online News Service, March 12, 2004, 5:59 p.m. EST – Regulators had better make sure that national association health plans have enough cash and other resources to pay claims.[@@]
Mila Kofman, Eliza Bangit and Kevin Lucia, researchers at Georgetown University, give that assessment in a paper on single-state “multiple employer welfare arrangements” and the implications for congressional proposals to allow groups to form national MEWAs, or association health plans.
Today, large and midsize employers can form self-funded health plans that are exempt from most state health insurance regulations.
Most small employers have to buy coverage from state-regulated health insurers, but some states let employers try to save money by teaming up to form self-funded plans that serve more than one company.