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High-risk patients may be stuck paying high rates

CHICAGO – For thousands of Illinois residents who pay high health insurance premiums because of medical problems, the new federal health care legislation won't offer relief.

The 16,000 residents who already pay into Illinois' high-risk health insurance pool will keep paying high rates, while others who enroll this summer under a new, similar program will get coverage at much lower, more reasonable prices. But only people who have been uninsured for six months are eligible — meaning those in the current state pool can't switch and save.

Aren't these the very people the bill was supposed to help?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:36 PM on May. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (25)
  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:53 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:37 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Illinois expects to receive nearly $200 million from the federal government to start the new high-risk pool. The insurance department estimates that would be enough to cover about 5,000 people in the new plan, McRaith said.

    That's far fewer than the number of people who may qualify. A 2008 U.S. Government Accountability Office report said about 218,000 people might be eligible for a high-risk pool in Illinois.

    On the ICHIP website, a letter to enrollees explains "it's unlikely that the federal funds will be available to reduce premiums paid by current ICHIP enrollees."

    The letter hasn't been mailed because the program can't afford the $5,000 postage.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:42 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • President Obama said that he doesn't want for anybody to go through the same pain and suffering HIS Mother had endured. His mother was very sick and I don't know the whole story but she didn't get the appropriate care due to the medical care "bureaucracy"
    Energ8zr

    Answer by Energ8zr at 2:47 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Aren't these the very people the bill was supposed to help?


    Only if you listened to his words instead of actually researching the bill.  Top billing in their campaign to pass this monstrosity didn't even make it into the bill until they had to rush an amendment to include these little goodies that they thought would sell it to the public.  Amature term at the White House.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:54 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • They underestimated the cost of covering people again.  Shockers. 


    Once again, it's been proven this bill was under-budgeted and over-reaching, but no, people just had to push it through.  So what's next?  Oh yeah, a bunch of sick, uninsured people who will be fined to boot. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • President Obama said that he doesn't want for anybody to go through the same pain and suffering HIS Mother had endured. His mother was very sick and I don't know the whole story but she didn't get the appropriate care due to the medical care "bureaucracy"


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    Ironic, isn't it.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:05 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Health Care Bill was supposed to provide health care for people who couldn't get insurance because of a previous condition. They never said it would be free or cheap. They just said they would be able to get health care that they couldn't get in the past.
    gertie41

    Answer by gertie41 at 3:10 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Gertie, you missed two key points:

    1- If they can't afford it, it's just as unavailable to them as is was before.

    2- There is not enough funding to pay for program in Illinois. That is the same as making it unavailable to those who can afford it.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:18 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • "They never said it would be free or cheap. "

    No, they said it would be affordable. FAIL.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:20 PM on May. 14, 2010

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