Feds Take Over High-Risk Insurance Program

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - About 17,000 Californians with serious medical problems will be moved from a state-run stopgap health insurance program to a federal plan starting in July.

The state board that oversees the California Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan announced this week that participants will continue receiving benefits from the federal government until next year. That's when the state's health benefit exchange goes online and insurers will be required to accept all applicants, regardless of medical history, under President Barack Obama's health care law.

California is among 18 states whose program is being taken over temporarily by the federal government. The money available to the states was capped at $5 billion, but the pot is running out because the care for the beneficiaries turned out to be costlier than expected.

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