Fact Sheet
August 2017

Section 1115 Waivers: Limits and Overreach

Section 1115 of the Social Security Act gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the discretion to let states waive certain Medicaid requirements to carry out an “experimental, pilot or demonstration project which, in the judgment of the Secretary, is likely to assist in promoting the objectives of” the Medicaid program.

Fact Sheet
August 2017

Alaska’s Reinsurance 1332 Waiver: An Approach that Can Work

The recent approval of Alaska’s 1332 waiver to fund a reinsurance system shows an approach that other states could also take under current law to lower premiums in their marketplaces and better distribute the costs of the very sick.

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