District Court Allows Georgia AG to Intervene in Lawsuit Challenging HHS Approval of State’s 1332 Waiver

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On March 26, the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Georgia can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) decision to grant the state’s 1332 waiver. The waiver would allow Georgia to leave healthcare.gov and rely on agents and brokers to enroll consumers in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans starting in 2022. The lawsuit, filed in January by Democracy Forward on behalf of Planned Parenthood Southeast Inc. and Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, argues that HHS violated the ACA by waiving requirements without finding the proposed alternative that “would match the ACA with respect to coverage, comprehensiveness, affordability and deficit neutrality” as required by the law. Georgia moved to intervene because it felt neither party adequately represents their own interests, and will participate as a party in the case moving forward. Read more here.

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