The number of one-year waivers from annual dollar limits to health insurance plans has continued to rise, as HHS reported 129 new approvals brought the total to 1,168 at the end of March.
Mini-med waivers rise in March
Last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act prohibits plans from imposing annual dollar limits on benefits beginning in 2014. Until then, insurers can phase out the use of annual limits, and HHS regulations last June said plans may not limit coverage for benefits to less than $750,000 from September 2010 until September 2011. This generally applies to limited-benefit, or so-called mini-med plans.
On its Website, HHS reported that of the waivers granted so far, more than 95% were granted to employment-related plans, and that the number of enrollees in plans with annual-limits waivers is 2.93 million, which the agency said represents less than 2% of all Americans who have private health insurance.
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