MEDIA RELEASE: Health advocates hail opening of new health insurance plan for people with preexisting medical conditions

Health advocates hail opening of new health insurance plan for people with preexisting medical conditions
Enrollment for the federal high risk pool now open in July

RALEIGH (July 6, 2010) -- The North Carolina Justice Center's Health Access Coalition praises the creation of a federal high risk pool that will give uninsured people with preexisting medical conditions a new insurance option.
 
One of the first steps in health reform is the creation of a federal high risk pool administered by North Carolina. The high risk pool will use $145 million in federal funds to provide comprehensive coverage for people locked out of the private insurance market.

"While traveling around the state discussing health reform we've met many people who will benefit from this new insurance plan," said Adam Searing, director of the Health Access Coalition. "This is a small but important first step in providing coverage to everyone in North Carolina."

The Health Access Coalition also commends Gov. Beverly Perdue and Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin for recommending that North Carolina administer its own high risk pool instead of turning it over to the federal government. Their leadership will give our state more control over how the insurance plan operates.

The federal high risk pool is administered by Inclusive Health, the same organization that manages the state high risk pool. Inclusive Health is currently accepting applications for coverage that will begin in early August.

For more information contact: Adam Searing at 919-856-2568 or Adam Linker at 919-861-2074.