Oklahoma officials are blaming the Trump administration for rising health-care premiums in the state after the administration missed a deadline to approve a key waiver for the state under ObamaCare.
In a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOvernight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea Week ahead in finance: Clock ticking for GOP on tax reform More former classmates of Mnuchin call on him to resign MORE and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWork requirements exactly what Ohio needs to roll back the ObamaCare disaster Price says working toward declaring opioid crisis national emergency Declare a true state of emergency MORE, Oklahoma’s health commissioner rips the administration for missing a final deadline for a State Innovation Waiver, which would be used to lower premiums around the state.
The waivers provide federal funds “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,” according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Oklahoma health commissioner’s letter said that approving the waiver would have helped more than 130,000 Oklahoma residents and reduced premiums by 30 percent.
“After months of development, negotiation, and near-daily communication over the past six weeks, the State and your departments agreed that waiver approval must be received no later than September 25, 2017,” the letter from Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health Terry Cline reads.
“As late as last Friday, September 22nd, an agreed upon approval package had been circulated with the state expectation, and federal department promise, that waiver approval would be forthcoming on Monday, September 25,” the letter continues.
But on Monday, the letter says, Oklahoma…