Missouri starts health care pool to serve uninsured

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 | 10:49 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is starting an insurance pool to cover uninsured people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The new state pool is part of the federal health care overhaul.

State officials say the Missouri Health Insurance Pool will cover residents with pre-existing conditions who have not been insured for at least six months. The high-risk pool will be available until 2014 when federal law requires insurers to cover all applicants.

Missouri has contracted with RightChoice to administer the insurance pool and Catalyst Rx to cover prescription drugs. RightChoice is a subsidiary of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The pool will be funded by policyholders' premiums and $81 million from the federal government.

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