Enrollment in High Risk Insurance Pools Up 50% in Last Three Months

The Department of Health and Human Services released new data yesterday showing that enrollment in the high risk insurance pools created by the federal health reform bill increased nearly 50 percent in the last three months, going from about 8,000 to 12,000 individuals.

The pools were created to provide insurance coverage for individuals previously excluded from the insurance marketplace because of pre-existing conditions. Enrollment in the plans has lagged below predictions, presumably because even under the subsidized plans individual costs for insurance are high.

Twenty seven states run their own plans while the other 23 states and the District of Columbia opted to use the plan administered by the federal government.

More Resources:

Washington Post story, February 11, 2011

CSG Capitol Research brief

Federal website