Federal rules released on states waivers for opting out of key health reform provisions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury Department released rules Thursday outlining how states could apply for Section 1332 waivers. These waivers would allow states to opt out of key health reform provisions like the exchanges and individual mandate if they meet certain benchmarks for affordability and coverage. In current law the waivers begin in 2017. However the Obama Administration is supporting moving the timeline up to 2014. Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill in the previous Congress to make the change.

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