The Department of Labor continued issuing business-friendlier regulations yesterday when it proposed new regulations to expand association health plans (AHPs) and thereby create more affordable health care options for small businesses. Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order promoting health care competition. That order specifically directed federal agencies to loosen restrictions on associations sponsoring insurance plans across state lines. In the order, the President said “Expanding access to AHPs would provide more affordable health insurance options to many Americans, including hourly wage earners, farmers, and the employees of small business. . .”  Comments on the proposed rule are due within the next 60 days and can be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov referencing the Regulatory Identifier Number RIN 1210-AB85.