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Conn. health plan to cover pre-existing conditions

July 24, 2010

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HARTFORD, Conn.—The state of Connecticut will begin accepting applications next month for a new federally funded health insurance program that will cover people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The Department of Social Services is scheduled to begin taking applications for the temporary high-risk pool beginning Aug. 1. Coverage will begin as early as Sept. 1.

The new program aims to cover people with pre-existing conditions over the next three-and-a-half years, until the new federal health care reform law takes effect. The state will use $50 million in federal funds to administer the program.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office says premiums will range from $285 per month for adults under 30 to $893 for those 65 years old and older. Applicants must have a pre-existing condition to participate.

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