By Roger Skinner, ISAHU-PAC Chair
A contingent of ISAHU representatives met with Senator Rodric Bray to discuss possible opportunities in moving Indiana’s effort along to apply for a waiver to the Affordable Care Act.
Senator Bray has been an Indiana Senator since November 2012 and represents Indiana’s 37thdistrict serving all of Morgan County and parts of Johnson, Owen and Putnam County, Indiana. Indiana Senate Republicans elected Senator Bray to become the next president pro tem succeeding Senator David Long in February, 2018. Bray will take over the top leadership role in November where the entire Senate will vote to approve him.
You may recall that in the August State House update by D Hall he indicated that a meeting had taken place with Indiana House Insurance Committee Chair, Martin Carbaugh regarding Section 1332 and this meeting with Senator Bray was to continue the effort. On Wednesday, October 17, D Hall along with David Berman, Roger Skinner (ISAHU PAC Chair) and Trent Hahn, Bose Public Affairs Group (ISAHU lobbyist) met with Senator Bray for the first time as a group on this subject. The meeting was informative for Senator Bray and the group left the meeting with the sense that the Senator would support further consideration by Indiana in applying for this waiver. Our legislative team will continue the efforts to other legislators and regulators as well.
Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to pursue innovative strategies for providing their residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA.
State Innovation Waivers allow states to implement innovative ways to provide access to quality health care that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as would be provided absent the waiver, provides coverage to a comparable number of residents of the state as would be provided coverage absent a waiver, and does not increase the federal deficit.
For more information contact your local chapter legislative chair or ISAHU PAC chair.