In the absence of federal legislation, states are actively seeking tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states to stabilize their health insurance marketplace. SHVS is tracking state activity and has many resources, including a template, for states interested in pursuing a Section 1332 waiver.
Association Health Plan Proposed Rule: Summary and Implications for States
Sabrina Corlette, The Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University
In response to President Trump’s October 12 executive order (EO), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published proposed rules to expand the availability of health coverage sold through associations to small businesses and self-employed individuals. The public has until March 6, 2018 to submit comments on these proposed rules. The full brief provides state health officials with a detailed review of the content of the proposed rule and examines the implications for states. The State Health Policy Highlight, Summary of the Association Health Plan Proposed Rule, is a quick study of the ways in which association health plans would be exempt from some Affordable Care Act requirements under the proposed rule.