Despite public outcry over the first round of announced waivers for the new health care overhaul legislation, the Obama administration has quietly approved dozens more, bringing the total number of waivers for various unions, companies and insurers to 222. The AJC reports:
These waivers deal with limited health benefit plans, sometimes referred to as "mini-med" policies, which companies as large as McDonald's use for some its employees.
The plan (sic) have limits on how much can be paid out in coverage, limits which would be phased out under the new health reform law.
The feds though have granted waivers from that law, amid concern that certain groups would drop their health insurance programs entirely. Those waivers are good for one year, and can be considered for renewal.
These waivers mean that companies providing health insurance for more than 1.5 million Americans will be exempt from the new regulations for the next year.
Click here to see the new, updated list of waivers granted so far.