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High-risk insurance pools divide the states

Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2010

A temporary insurance program that is part of the national health overhaul is exposing one of the thorniest aspects of the new law: much of its success rides on how individual states implement it, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Department of Health and Human Services and individual states said 12 states chose not to administer a new high-risk pool program that begins in July, while 21 states and the District of Columbia will run their own. The pools are designed as a short-term way to provide insurance for people with pre-existing health conditions who have been turned down by insurers.