Association Health and Retirement Plans Explained

Each month on Talking Benefits, I join Julie Stich, Kelli Kolsrud and Justin Held, International Foundation benefits nerdthusiasts, to discuss a trending employee benefits topic we think our listeners want to know more about. This month, the team takes a deep dive into association health and retirement plans. Association Health and Retirement Plans ExplainedThese types of plans expand health and retirement benefit coverage for workers, especially if they work for a small employer. There’s a new interest in association health and retirement plans due to the release of new government rules that expand and encourage the use of these plans.

Association retirement plans are also known as multiple employer plans (MEPs). And association health plans, in a past life, were called multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs).

By giving this episode a listen, you’ll find out how association health and retirement plans work, the pros and cons of these plans, and how something called open MEPs will be something to watch in 2019.


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Anne Patterson
Social Media and Communications Associate at the International Foundation


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Anne Patterson

Social Media and Communications Associate at the International Foundation

Favorite Foundation service/product: The innovative member survey efforts and results from the research team.

Benefits-related topics that interest her most: Health care, nontraditional wellness initiatives, employee benefit communication.

Personal Insight: It’s all about balance with Anne. She loves to run and enjoys a good culinary adventure. She’ll jump at the chance to travel or to spend fun times with family and friends, but she’ll also take time to catch her breath with an occasional Netflix binge or diving into a classic novel.

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