State starts offering health insurance to high-risk uninsured
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OLYMPIA — The state is now enrolling uninsured residents with serious medical conditions in the state high-risk insurance pool.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said Monday the coverage is funded by a $102 million federal grant to help those most in need until 2014, when, as part of the federal health care reform package, people cannot be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
Rates for a $2,500 deductible plan range from $161 to $769 per month, depending on age and whether the person seeking coverage smokes.
Rates for the $500 deductible are $324 to $1,577 per month.
“If you’ve been without health insurance for at least six months, and have a serious medical condition or just received a diagnosis, this could be the plan for you,” said Kreidler.
Coverage for those who apply by Aug. 15 would begin on Sept. 1.
For more information, and for an enrollment application, click on www.wship.org/PCIP-WA or phone toll-free 877-505-0514.
Last modified: August 02. 2010 2:53PM