Increased Flexibility For States With Health Law Exchanges Could Exacerbate Geographical Disparities Of Coverage
Experts warn that the landscape could be shifting back toward pre-health law, where the state patients lived in drastically shaped the level of coverage and care they received.
Waiver Flexibility Could Widen Gap Between States
In handing states greater flexibility to overhaul their insurance markets through waivers, the Trump administration has paved the way for states to diverge further in the access and affordability of its residents' coverage, insurance experts said. Some warned that states that choose to use the flexibility in the new 1332 waiver guidance to encourage enrollment in cheaper but skimpier association and short-term plans could leave those who remain in Affordable Care Act-compliant plans worse off. (Livingston, 10/23)