The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released their updated list of waivers granted from the Affordable Care Act enacted into law in 2010. To date, a total of 733 approved applicants have been granted the waiver nationally, totaling nearly 2.2 million enrollees. The list includes 24 Minnesota entities and approximately 14,000 enrollees.
The waiver grants businesses, unions, school districts, cities, and other eligible insurers a one-year exemption from a key provision of the health care reform legislation that would otherwise increase the cost of premiums. In the meantime, the law requires insurers to phase out those annual limits on benefits. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that waivers are only approved if they are “necessary to prevent either a large increase in premiums or a significant decrease in access to coverage.”
The approved applicants from Minnesota include: