Gov. Baker asks for Affordable Care Act waivers

State has been denied of similar ACA waivers twice in the past

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Baker is asking that some portions of the Affordable Care Act be waived or delayed for Massachusetts residents. The state was denied of similar ACA waivers twice in the past.

People who own or work for a small business, or use the Health Connector website could see their insurance premiums go up by as much as fifty-percent next year.

Governor Baker is asking that Massachusetts be allowed to use its own rating factors that set health insurance costs for small businesses.

He also hopes to delay the expansion of the small group health insurance market from companies with 1 to 50 employees, to those with 1 to 100 employees.

Gov. Baker said, “We walked through a lot of issues including the issues around the ACA waiver. I’m not going to prejudge what the outcome here will be, but I feel we got a pretty fair hearing from her.”

These anticipated changes would impact smaller health insurance companies, such as Health New England.

No response yet from the federal government, but 22News will keep you updated.

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