When the story first broke last November the Obama Administration has issued just over 100 waivers, that number has grown steadily and reached what can best be called a grim milestone:
The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS posted 126 new waivers on Friday, bringing the total to 1,040 organizations that have been granted a one-year exemption from a new coverage requirement included in the healthcare reform law enacted almost a year ago. Waivers have become a hot-button issue for Republicans, eager to expose any vulnerabilities in the reform law.
That’s right folks the Department of Health and Human Services granted 1,040 temporary waivers from burdensome requirements of the President’s signature piece of legislation.
So who’s getting all these waivers? According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services web site the waivers have gone to Self-Insured Employers (423), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (322), Multi-Employer Plans (237), Non-Taft Hartley Union Plans (23), Health Insurance Issuers (29), State-Mandated Policies (4) and Association Plans (2). You can see the full list here.