CMS Provides the Proof – Sec. 1332 Waivers Have Lowered Health Insurance Premium Costs – The WasteWatcher

Every Biden administration official and member of Congress who think that everything the Trump administration did should be automatically reversed regardless of its merit needs to review the latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) report, “CCIIO Data Brief Series – State Innovation Waivers: State-Based Reinsurance Programs,” released on August 5.  It confirms one of the best initiatives the Trump administration undertook to reform the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was the use of Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers for state-based reinsurance programs.  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been touting this reform, led by former CMS Administrator Seema Verma, since the use of the waivers were expanded in October 2018, which you can find here, here, and here in our WasteWatcher and Critical Waste Issues publications.

One of the few provisions of the ACA that provided an opportunity for innovation outside of the federal government’s control is Section 1332, which allows states to apply for waivers from certain requirements to “pursue innovative and individualized state strategies that provide their residents with access to affordable, quality health care.” There are rules to develop a waiver and CMS “must determine that the waiver will provide coverage that is at least as comprehensive as the coverage provided without the waiver; will provide coverage and cost sharing protections against excessive out-of-pocket spending that are at least as affordable as without the waiver; will provide coverage to at least a comparable number of residents as without