Published on September 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM
Politico Pro: Report: Risk Pools Won't Work Scaled Up
The health reform law's high-risk insurance pools, one of the first pieces of the law to be enacted, are operating at a loss and prohibitively expensive -; but they also provide needed coverage to a small group of people, according to a new report out Thursday. The Commonwealth Fund report found that the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans are providing a solid "bridge" to extend insurance coverage until the health insurance exchanges and other pieces of the law are set up in 2014. But the report's authors warn that Republican proposals to set up more widespread high-risk pools would not work (Haberkorn, 9/13).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.