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Healthcare study calls risk pool money lacking

New York Times, May 27, 2010

The new healthcare law does not allocate nearly enough money to cover the estimated 5.6 million to 7 million Americans with pre-existing medical conditions who will qualify for temporary high-risk insurance pools, according to a report scheduled for release today. The government-operated insurance plans are intended to serve as a stopgap until 2014, when insurers will be prohibited from denying coverage to people with health problems. But an analysis by the Center for Studying Health System Change concluded that the $5 billion earmarked for the pools might cover as few as 200,000 people a year, the New York Times reports.