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Trump Administration Announces State Relief and Empowerment Waivers

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:02 PM

CMS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have issued new guidance, so states can move their insurance markets away from the one-size-fits-all rules and regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and increase choice and competition within their insurance markets.  This change allows states to pursue waivers to improve their insurance markets, increase affordable coverage options for their residents, and ensure that people with pre-existing conditions are protected. These waivers are called State Relief and Empowerment Waivers to reflect this new direction and opportunity. 

“The Trump Administration inherited a health insurance market with skyrocketing premiums and dwindling choices,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Under the President’s leadership, the Administration recently announced average premiums will decline on the Federal Exchange for the first time and more insurers will return to offer increased choices. But our work isn’t done. Premiums are still much too high and choice is still too limited. This is a new day – this is a new approach to empower states to provide relief. States know much better than the federal government how their markets work. With today’s announcement, we are making sure that they have the ability to adopt innovative strategies to reduce costs for Americans, while providing higher quality options.”  

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