Archived Insight | September 28, 2020

Multiemployer Health Plan Mergers: Is Bigger Better?

Health plan mergers may help multiemployer health plans maintain financial sustainability, but there are drawbacks.

In this article, we explore questions like:

  • Why merge health plans?
  • What are the overlooked drawbacks to health plan mergers?
  • What are the benefits to a partial merger?
  • What should trustees be asking before agreeing to a merger?

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According to Megan Kelly, our National Multiemployer Health Practice Leader, multiemployer plans exploring health plan mergers should consider that:

  • Health plans can merge for a variety of reasons, but most of them revolve around remaining financially solvent for participants.
  • Mergers can result in the loss of autonomy for some plans, depending on the structure of the merger.
  • Plans can agree to a partial merger, but this can lead to a contentious atmosphere among trustees if they don't establish trust and clear lines of communication.
  • Trustees thinking about a merger need to check with their attorney to review the compliance implications and make sure they are fulfilling their fiduciary duty to their participants. 

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