October 23, 2018
Understanding the New Section 1332 State Waiver Guidance
Yesterday the Trump Administration issued new rules for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Section 1332 state waiver program in an effort to encourage more states to participate. Section 1332 gives states the ability to apply for exemptions from certain ACA regulations, but few states have taken this opportunity. In a new Insight, AAF’s Deputy Director of Health Care Policy Tara O’Neill Hayes explains what changes the guidance makes and what the impacts could be.
The administration has made clear, through its numerous health care regulations, its support for providing people more choices and fewer restrictions, and these changes are intended to provide such flexibility and choice, to the extent possible through regulatory changes. While some members of Congress have sought other changes to the 1332 waiver requirements that that only they can enact, this new guidance likely resolves many of the concerns the committees attempted to address.