Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

The Washington Post reports that President Trump, shown here with former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, personally intervened to delay approval of Iowa’s waiver application.

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The Washington Post reports that President Trump, shown here with former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, personally intervened to delay approval of Iowa’s waiver application.

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

It was the Friday before a Monday deadline, and federal health officials in Washington, D.C., were working feverishly with their counterparts in Oklahoma to finalize the details of a new state reinsurance program.

Emails flew between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington and Oklahoma’s Department of Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, the only ACA insurer in the state, was on board. Everything had to be done by Monday, Sept. 25, so the insurance company could set new, presumably lower, health insurance rates for 2018.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/19/558310690/administration-sends-mixed-signals-on-state-health-insurance-waivers?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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