Obama administration offers guidance on state health reform alternatives

The 84-page proposed rule contains information on: 

• How public input would be gathered before applying for a waiver, through public hearings and the like;

• The content of the application, including the specific provisions that would be waived and how the state intends to still meet the law's goals;

• Quarterly and annual reports tracking affordability, comprehensiveness of coverage, the number of people covered and the impact on the federal deficit; and 

• Criteria that could be used in the evaluation of the waivers while they are in place.

The comment period closes on May 13.