November 19,2015

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Wyden Requests Update on 1332 Waiver Implementation from HHS

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to inquire about the Department’s preparations for when states are allowed to apply for the waivers in 2017.

“State Innovation Waivers allow pioneering states to take the reins and come up with alternative ways to achieve the objectives set by the ACA,” Wyden said. “These waivers should be seen as a tool for states to meet or surpass the progress made by the ACA, not as an opportunity to deconstruct the law, remove protections, or make it harder for Americans to get affordable, quality health coverage.”

Wyden authored the policy, now known as State Innovation Waivers or Section 1332, which was included in the Affordable Care Act and allows states to waive certain provisions of the health law if their proposal is deemed by HHS to meet or exceed the quality, volume, and affordability of health insurance coverage under the ACA.

The letter can be found here.