UMass Medical School Policy Brief: Federal waivers could make health insurance accessible, affordable

January 24, 2016

Health insurance coverage might be more accessible and affordable in Connecticut if the state applied for certain Affordable Care Act and Medicaid waivers, according to advocates who say the options should be explored. Two waivers in particular—Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1332 and Medicaid Section 1115—would let the state disregard certain federal requirements, possibly lowering health care costs for some individuals, according to a policy brief authored by the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School and commissioned by the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut and the Connecticut Health Foundation.