Jul 1, 2010 1:56 PM by Greg Boyce

Governor Ritter to announce health insurance pool

Gov. Bill Ritter will announce details on Tuesday about the state's new temporary insurance program for people with pre-existing medical conditions.  This is part of the national health care law.

Colorado will be one of nearly 30 states operating its own temporary pre-existing condition insurance pool. This plan will offer coverage through 2014 to residents who have been uninsured for six months or longer, and who have been unable to obtain coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition. Beginning in 2014, insurers will be banned from discriminating against adults with pre-existing conditions.

"Thousands of Coloradans are unable to get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition," Gov. Ritter said. "I look forward to working together with our partners, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and CoverColorado, to provide Coloradans who have been denied coverage access to much-needed relief through this temporary insurance plan. This will be an important step toward improving the health security of Colorado families."





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