Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom builder from LaPlace, La., today issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s finalized rule promoting association health plans:
“NAHB commends President Trump and his administration for championing association health plans (AHPs) as a way to help small businesses to rein in skyrocketing health care costs and to provide better health coverage for workers.
“The new rule released today implements the executive order on AHPs signed by President Trump last fall. It will allow small businesses access to better and more affordable health care plans, place these firms on an equal footing with large employers and unions when it comes to negotiating lower costs for coverage and level the playing field for smaller companies that want to help their workers and their families with their health care needs.
“NAHB has been a long-time proponent of AHPs, which empower small businesses to pool together to purchase health insurance plans for their employees. Allowing sole proprietors and independent contractors to participate in the program will expand access to affordable health coverage, particularly among small employers and self-employed individuals.”
The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 700 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.