Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ACA State Innovation Waivers

Dana Halvorson

Noted on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS') website, "Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to pursue innovative strategies for providing their residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA. State Innovation Waivers allow states to implement innovative ways to provide access to quality health care that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as would be provided absent the waiver, provides coverage to a comparable number of residents of the state as would be provided coverage absent a waiver, and does not increase the federal deficit. State Innovation Waivers are available beginning January 1, 2017. State Innovation Waivers are approved for five-year periods, and can be renewed. Waivers must not increase the Federal deficit."

According to a July 24 InsideHealth Policy article, “CMS recently released new guidance on the innovation waivers that would let states opt out of major pieces of the ACA beginning in 2017, but many health care experts say the long-awaited updates don’t offer any significant details about how those waivers could be used.”

For more information on the ACA, please visit the AHCA/NCAL ACA website

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