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18 states refuse to run insurance pools for those with preexisting conditions

Washington Post, May 4, 2010

Eighteen states have said they will not administer a stopgap program to provide insurance coverage to people whose preexisting conditions have left them uninsured. At issue is a provision to extend temporary relief to people with preexisting medical conditions beginning this year, instead of making them wait until 2014, when insurers will be prohibited from turning people away or charging higher premiums based on health status. The healthcare law sets aside $5 billion for the "high-risk pools," the Washington Post reports.