Clipboard: Without waiver, business groups say, federal rules could raise insurance premiums

A decision by the federal government to give Massachusetts a three-year grace period—rather than an indefinite waiver—to roll out certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act has riled some leaders of business groups and insurance plans who say the change will lead to premium increases, Robert Weisman reports in today’s Globe.

At issue are federal rules that would do away with “rating factors,” a state provision that allow small business cooperatives to receive premium discounts if they include wellness initiatives.

Weisman writes:

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Kristen Lepore, vice president of government affairs for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, said the decision to allow Massachusetts more time to implement federal rules is only a temporary fix.

“There’s no legitimate reason for the federal government to eliminate our rating factors,” Lepore said. “We don’t know why we aren’t being given the flexibility to do what’s already working here.”