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The Buckeye Institute’s Rea Hederman: CMS Should be Applauded for Willingness to Work with States to Fix Health Care Markets

Nov 29, 2018

Columbus, OH Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy, issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of four waiver concepts to help states “develop alternatives to the Affordable Care Act’s” one-size-fits-all approach.  

“We applaud Administrator Seema Verma and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for adopting The Buckeye’s Institute’s recommendations on 1332 waivers and for continuing to work with the states to fix their health care markets using the Affordable Care Act’s 1332 innovation waivers,” said Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute and vice president of policy. “The four waiver concepts issued today will help states solve state-specific problems and give families more affordable health care options.”

Hederman continued, “Today’s action is also a challenge to state officials who have complained about the one-size-fits-all nature of the Affordable Care Act. While Ohio lawmakers have been leaders in pushing for 1332 waivers, state policymakers must take up this challenge and propose changes that will protect and cover more Ohioans and will give them more choice in their health care coverage. We encourage Ohio-Governor Elect Mike DeWine to seize this opportunity and work with Administrator Verma for a healthier Ohio.”

Rea S. Hederman Jr. is the co-author of Returning Health Care Power to the States and Federal Efforts to Stabilize ACA Individual Markets through State Innovation. He was one of the first health care policy experts to propose using Section 1332 waivers as a way to allow states to waive parts of the Affordable Care Act and take back the ability to improve their insurance markets.

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