Fred Upton

Insuring the uninsurable: GOP health plan draws on high-risk pool used in Maryland

Insuring the uninsurable: GOP health plan draws on high-risk pool used in Maryland

Before the Affordable Care Act offered health care to all Americans, thousands of Marylanders who sought health insurance on their own were denied coverage because they had a pre-existing condition — cancer or heart disease, or, in some cases, simple high blood pressure.

To help them, state leaders in 2002 created what became one of the nation's most successful "high-risk pools," covering more than 20,000 people who otherwise might have been bankrupted by medical bills.

Now, congressional Republicans are looking to high-risk pools created in Maryland and other states to help guide their efforts to drive down health insurance premiums. The idea is a central...

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