GOP bill to let businesses self-insure employees clears Assembly


A GOP bill that would let private businesses pool resources and cover their employees’ health care costs passed the Assembly on a 59-36 vote.

The bill, from Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, would allow businesses in the same chamber of commerce or industry association to utilize those so-called association health plans to self-insure employees.

Lawmakers also signed off via voice vote on two amendments to the bill, including one that would guarantee all insurance funds — especially those that are self-insured — are solvent. The other amendment, meanwhile, would require those groups of employers to comply with state health insurance laws, including coverage of certain treatments.

The bill originally cleared an Assembly panel last week sporting an amendment that would require certain chiropractic services that state law requires health insurance plans cover.

The bill now heads to the Senate.