ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 10, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following the proposal of rules by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlining the steps States may pursue in order to receive a State Innovation Waiver under the Affordable Care Act:
“The Obama Administration’s action today provides additional flexibility to states in implementing the Affordable Care Act. States have many options to build upon the strengths of their own health care systems in expanding access and controlling costs. In Maryland, we remain committed to improving the quality of care, lowering costs and expanding access to coverage for everyone.”
The Affordable Care Act gives States the flexibility to receive a State Innovation Waiver so they may pursue their own innovative strategies to ensure their residents have access to high quality, affordable health insurance. Under the law, State Innovation Waivers are available in 2017. President Obama has already announced support for bipartisan legislation that would make waivers available to States beginning in 2014. More information about these new federal resources and flexibilities is available here.