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House subcommittee examines waiver process
Modern Healthcare

A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Tuesday examined HHS‘ process to grant waivers from the health reform law’s regulations on health plan annual benefit limits, as some members questioned both the fairness and transparency of the process. In his opening remarks, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s healthcare subcommittee said the need for these waivers developed because many companies use a health coverage strategy that provides some employees with mini-med plans “that run afoul of current federal rules—mandated by the new healthcare law—that set a minimum dollar limit on essential benefits that healthcare plans must provide in 2011, 2012, and 2013.”