As of the end of June, 39 new approvals have bumped the number of annual limit waivers to 1,471. The one-year disclaimers are designed to help organizations delay provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
According to The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight website, “the number of enrollees in plans with annual limit waivers is 3.2 million, representing only about 2% of all Americans who have private health insurance today.”
The CCIIO is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services that specifically overseas the implementation of the provisions related to PPACA.
CCIIO breaks down the approved waiver applicants organized by type:
- Self-Insured Employers (572)
- Health Reimbursement Arrangements (477)
- Multi-Employer Plans (347)
- Non-Taft Hartley Union Plans (29)
- Health Insurance Issuers (40)
- State-Mandated Policies (4)
- Association Plans (2)
Also listed on CCIIO’s website are the organizations that received denial letters.
CCIIO states that waiver applications will no longer be accepted after September 22, but on June 17 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced a process for plans that have already received waivers and want to renew those waivers for plan or policy years beginning before Jan. 1, 2014. This guidance extends the life of those waivers that are permitted through 2013, says the website, “if applicants submit annual information about their plan and comply with requirements to ensure that their enrollees understand the limits of their coverage.”
For additional information about the waivers visit the CCIIO website.
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