$6M Settlement Sheds Light on Ongoing ‘Shady Behavior’ of Some MEWAs
After the Trump administration loosened the regulations governing association health plans — and ignited a court battle that ultimately blocked the new rules — AHPs and their close cousin, multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), have largely faded from the headlines. However, a recent announcement from the Dept. of Labor (DOL) regarding a MEWA that failed to pay $54 million in health claims shows that the fraud and insolvency issues that have long plagued such plans haven’t gone away.
“My sense is that there are what we call self-funded MEWAs out there that may be kind of operating under the regulatory radar,” says Sabrina Corlette, co-director of Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR).