PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Applauds Senate Bill That Would Create Health Share Plans

Published May 7, 2020

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (May 7, 2020) – Today, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the American Healthshare Plans Act of 2020 (S 3610). Also known as association health plans, these plans would create affordable health insurance options and bring choice to millions of Americans suffering as a result of rising premiums and too few options on the individual market.

Cosponsors include: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). This legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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We need to give small businesses all the help we can to get the country back to work. Health share plans allow small employers a way to ramp up hiring without having to worry about the crippling costs of health insurance. If there was ever a best time for health share plans, it is now.”

AnneMarie Schieber
Senior Fellow, Health Care
The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, Health Care News
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We need a health insurance system that reflects the current needs of Americans. Health share plans, aka association health plans, will create affordable options and move insurance coverage away from the arbitrary employer-based model we rely on. With the ‘gig’ economy taking flight, future generations need flexible, affordable, coverage and this bill is a step in the right direction.”

Christina Herrin
Director, Free to Choose Medicine
The Heartland Institute
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