Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hawaii Seeks Waiver from Parts of Health Care Law

Dana Halvorson 

According to a September 28, 2015, Pacific Business News blog posting from Lorin Eleni Gill, “Hawaii’s first draft of an Affordable Care Act waiver proposal is the first of its kind in the nation. The state is seeking public input on a waiver to harmonize its relatively progressive Prepaid Health Care Act, which passed in 1974, with the federal health care law. The Affordable Care Act allows states some flexibility through Section 1332 ‘state innovation’ waivers to modify coverage rules. Such waivers must keep essential mandates of the federal law and not create additional cost to the federal government.” The full article, including more on the proposed waiver, can be found here.

State Innovation Waivers are available beginning January 1, 2017, and more details on the waivers can be found on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ website. In addition, more information about the health care law in general is on the AHCA/NCAL website.

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