State high-risk pools: An update on the minnesota comprehensive health association

Lynn A. Blewett, Donna Spencer, Courtney E. Burke

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Abstract

State health insurance high-risk pools are a key component of the US health care system's safety net, because they provide health insurance to the "uninsurable." In 2007, 34 states had individual high-risk pools, which covered more than 200000 people at a total cost of $1.8 billion. We examine the experience of the largest and oldest pool in the nation, the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, to document key issues facing state high-risk pools in enrollment and financing. We also considered the role and future of high-risk pools in light of national health care finance reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-237
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume101
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

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