I don't work for a company that qualifies for a waiver -- if I did I would be glad it did and I would be looking forward to 2014.
It is easy to check the public record there have been 733 wavers granted this year here's the list. The list gives the Co. name how many employees are
affected and the dates of the waiver.
The waivers are granted to protect people who are getting marginal insurance - insurance called mini meds high deductible and restrictive policies.
These policies are provided by companies that feel they should offer something but they can't afford the prices for health insurance. Under the law
these mini med policies are going away to be replace by insurance options that will be offered by the states in 2014. Until the time that these
markets are established the employees of these companies with these policies are going to be allowed to remain at least status quo until better
offerings are established in 2014 (when the affordability and scope of their coverage will improve)
The waivers are for one year. If your company qualifies it is eligible Pelosi does not have to be contacted or paid off to hand out this favor.
(Many of these waivers are granted to restaurants and other tourist type establishments, is it really a stretch to believe that San Francisco might be
a little more likely than Ida Grove Iowa to have places like this) It helps both the company that is responsible enough to provide some kind of
insurance and the employees of the company, it is a good policy.
The waivers are established as such -
--"To ensure that we protect the coverage that these workers have today until better options are available for them in 2014, the law allows HHS, in
extreme cases, to issue temporary waivers from the phase out of annual limits. There are some important facts to remember about these temporary
-- The waivers only apply to one provision of the law – the provisions phasing out annual limits. Insurance companies and employers that receive
waivers must comply with all other parts of the Affordable Care Act.
-- The waivers last one year. Insurance companies must reapply for the waivers each year between now and 2014 when annual limits on coverage will
be completely prohibited and individuals will have more affordable and better private insurance choices in the competitive Exchange markets.
-- All employers and insurers that offer mini-med plans may apply for a waiver if they demonstrate that there will be large increases in premiums
or a significant decrease in access to coverage without a waiver.
Ok since facts aren't really that important you may carry on with the socialism sky is falling faux outrage.
edit on 17-5-2011 by spyder550
because: (no reason given)
edit on 17-5-2011 by spyder550 because: (no reason given)