Oklahoma blames Trump officials for higher premiums

Oklahoma blames Trump officials for higher premiums
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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 Mnuchin and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, 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…

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