ASA Calls on Repairers to Contact U.S. Senators for Support of AHP Legislation

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced its support of 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 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 calendar winding down for the year and a target adjournment date of Oct. 1, ASA is encouraging repairers to contact their senators and ask them to support and co-sponsor S. 545. ASA will continue to publish information about its efforts and how repairers can assist in passing this legislation on ASA's legislative Web site, For convenience, sample letters of support for S. 545 are provided on the Web site.

"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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