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Insko: Federal funds will benefit thousands in NC’s high risk pool

Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange Co.) joins Chris Fitzsimon in the studio this weekend to discuss budget woes, the restoration of mental health funding, and House Bill 1730.

The bill authorizes North Carolina to contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to administer the newly created federal high risk health insurance pool.

Insko, who is a primary sponsor of the legislation, says federal subsidies will enable the state to offer reduced premiums for those who rely on Inclusive Health. She predicts that change alone will make the state program more affordable for many more North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions.

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4 Comments

  1. Lou Meyers

    May 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    To qualify, you must HAVE NOT BEEN INSURED OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS!

    So someone battling breast or brain cancer while being relentlessly battered with premiums rising 500% over 5 years is out of luck!

    If they run out of money, credit or home equity then they die with this plan.

    Are these poor souls, fighting for their lives, only crime is that they still managed to pay their unaffordable and merciless insurance premiums on time —- just collateral damage in the war of corporations against the people?

    Shame on the authors of this bill — they know better!

  2. John

    May 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Financial ruin either way. And how many have already died because their states just flat out refused to set up a high risk pool, nor make insurance companies cover everyone, at any cost?

  3. barb

    May 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    NOT to have been insured for past six months makes no sense at all. Thought we were done with tricky insurance rules.
    Someone in a current state pool could not switch to a federal pool, which could be better and less expensive, unless willing to be without insurance for six months.
    When one has a chronic illness the whole point is to never be without insurance.

  4. John Rhodes

    August 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Why do you think former Governor Hunt’s right hand man has been chosen to head NC BCBS?

    And I’m no elephant!