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Missouri House committee looks for waiver from ACA



A Missouri House committee looking into the continuing rise of health insurance costs is finalizing a plan to introduce during the legislative session that starts next month.

Committee chair Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis, said he plans to file a bill to seek a waiver from key requirements in the Affordable Care Act, which he contends has destabilized premium prices since being implemented in 2014.

Lawmakers can’t propose a specific waiver on their own, but they can legislate authorization for the Department of Insurance to formulate a proposal to the federal government.

The health care law includes guardrails limiting how waivers can be used by states. Among other things, the guardrails require states to provide coverage that is at least as comprehensive as would be under the ACA, and to cover a comparable number of residents.

So far, only four states – Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Minnesota – have been granted waivers.

Read more: Missourinet

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