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Virginia Governor Vetoes Bills for Small Business Health Plans

May 20, 2020, 7:39 PM

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) Wednesday blocked an effort in Virginia to make it easier for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance.

Northam announced that he had vetoed bills (H.B. 795/S.B. 235) that would authorize association health plans, along with another measure (S.B. 861) that would allow certain trusts to sell members insurance plans.

“Those bills would address health insurance cost concerns for targeted segments of the population, but in doing so would increase the costs of insurance for sicker Virginians in the marketplace,” Northam said.

Business groups supported the association health ...