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Innovation Waivers: A Vehicle for Change

A little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is receiving a great deal of attention from states that are interested in the prospect of designing their own pathways to meet the law’s coverage and affordability goals
Date last upated: June 5, 2015
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Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives states the ability to waive major parts of the law, as long as they maintain the same levels of coverage, affordability and health benefits as the ACA without raising the federal deficit. A new brief looks at these waivers and the considerations states have to make before pursuing one.