Commonwealth Fund finds innovation waivers offer an opportunity for states to pursue their own health reform

April 14, 2015

In this brief, The Commonwealth Fund examines the requirements of State Innovation Waivers and explores how states might utilize the waivers. It concludes the waivers involve a balancing act: providing states with latitude to experiment with alternative coverage mechanisms while requiring they continue to meet the coverage and affordability goals of the ACA. If state policymakers agree on the value of having accessible, affordable and meaningful healthcare coverage for all, then State Innovation Waivers offer a way to achieve these goals while reinforcing their leadership role in regulating their insurance markets and serving as the laboratories of health reform, the brief says.