If Elected, Biden Could Face Tough Choices on New Waivers

With the 2020 election drawing ever closer, the Trump administration has been approving states’ waiver applications at a brisk pace — greenlighting Georgia’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver on Oct. 15, and another Medicaid waiver from Nebraska on Oct. 20. Further, CMS has said that it’s on the cusp of approving Georgia’s unique plan to remake its individual insurance market.

Health policy experts tell AIS Health that the fate of the three waiver programs depends not only on who wins the White House on Nov. 3, but also on the outcome of a case pending before the Supreme Court. They also say that if former Vice President Joe Biden is elected, states may have to think about waivers very differently than they have under the Trump administration.

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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