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ASA Calls for Support of AHP Legislation

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is asking automotive repairers to help support Association Healthcare Plans (AHP) legislation that allows associations to band together to purchase health care insurance for employees. The AHP legislation, H.R. 660, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is supported by President George W. Bush, but the U.S. Senate has not acted on its companion legislation, S. 545. With the Senate set to adjourn on Oct. 1, ASA is encouraging repairers to contact their senators and ask them to support and co-sponsor S. 545.

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WASHINGTON — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is asking automotive repairers to help support Association Healthcare Plans (AHP) legislation that allows associations to band together to purchase health care insurance for employees.

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The AHP legislation, H.R. 660, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is supported by President George W. Bush, but the U.S. Senate has not acted on its companion legislation, S. 545. The AHP Coalition, which is made up of small business associations, including ASA, has launched a grassroots campaign asking the Senate to act on AHP legislation.

With the Senate set to adjourn on Oct. 1, ASA is encouraging repairers to contact their senators and ask them to support and co-sponsor S. 545.

“We have a narrow opportunity to see AHP legislation enacted this year,” said Bob Redding, ASA’s Washington, D.C., representative. “The Senate must hear from the small business community if this bill has a chance to become law. Independent repairers should act quickly.”

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For more information on AHP legislation, go to the ASA legislative Web site: www.takingthehill.com.

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