222 Mini-Med Health Plan Sponsors Approved for Waivers

December 7, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved 222 applications by mini-med plan sponsors for waivers from annual limit requirements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as of December 3, 2010.

This is up from just 30 approvals as of September 30. The waivers are effective for a year and were granted to insurance plans and companies that showed employee premiums would rise significantly or that workers would lose coverage without them.  

The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, is for the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers (see NY Teachers Health Fund Receives Biggest Waiver of Health Reform Provision).  

A list of approved applicants is at http://www.hhs.gov/ociio/regulations/approved_applications_for_waiver.html.