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Health and Human Services to allow insurers to raise rates

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Looks like the Feds will have to allow major insurance companies to raise rates for kids with pre-existing conditions. That's because the insurance companies had simply dropped their child-only insurance policies in response to the new health care law's mandate to accept all children at any time, no matter what their health condition. Raising rates will allow insurance companies to recoup at least some of the money they spend on sick children, so they can continue to offer insurance to all children.

In addition, Health and Human Services is also pushing for "open enrollment periods."  This is also at the request of the insurance industry, which correctly pointed out the absurdity of  "insuring" kids who are already in the hospital.  Click here for the latest changes to Obamacare, as reported in the New York Times.

Only a few dip their toe in Missouri's new high-risk pool

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

When the new health care law was passed earlier this year, much was made about new high-risk health insurance pools, run by individual states, which would offer coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.  Missouri's plan launched in July but so far it has received just 70 applications and approved 47. That's out of almost 170,000 Missourians who are eligible for the high-risk pool.

Why the low-turnout?  Program officials say they haven't started the "outreach" yet.  Don't you think they should have started to spread the word before the program launched?!  Read more about the Missouri high-risk health insurance pool here.


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