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The ACA’s Innovation Waiver Program: A State-by-State Look

Status of State ACA Innovation Waivers

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states can pursue “innovation waivers,” sometimes known as 1332 waivers, as of 2017. These waivers allow states to modify key parts of the law, so long as they stay true to its goals and consumer protections. The ACA makes clear a waiver can’t be granted unless coverage under the waiver is at least as 1) comprehensive and 2) affordable as without it, 3) covers a comparable number of residents, and 4) does not add to the federal deficit.