Implementing Health Reform: State Innovation Wavers; Vermont’s Abortion Coverage Conundrum

Health Affairs Blog, online 23 July 2015
Author: Timothy Jost
“Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides for “state innovation waivers.”…On July 22, 2015, CMS created a webpage to provide information on the 1332 program. …Also on July 21, 2015, Judge Christina Reiss of the federal district for Vermont entered a judgment dismissing most of the claims in Howe v. Burwell. Alan Howe is a resident of Vermont opposed on religious grounds to abortion. …In another development, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Wieland v. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held that the plaintiff (a Missouri state legislator) had standing to challenge the federal contraceptive coverage regulation which allegedly kept his state employee group health plan from allowing him to refuse contraceptive coverage in accordance with his religious beliefs.”
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