Feds To Run High-Risk Plan In Ohio

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say the federal government will take over the state's program for patients with pre-existing medical conditions.

At issue is an insurance plan created by President Barack Obama's health care law targeting patients turned away by insurance companies because of conditions such as cancer or heart disease.

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is meant to be a temporary patch until 2014, when insurers are required to accept applicants regardless of medical history.

Ohio is among 27 states with a state-based program. The federal government already runs the remaining plans.

The federal law capped spending on the program, and now money is running out. Washington has given states new terms for the program's remaining months.

Ohio officials said Tuesday that funding wasn't adequate for the state to sustain the program.

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