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Calif. Gets $118 Million For High Risk Pool; Mo. Legislator Urges Suspension Of Health Exchange Plans

The federal funds will help California provide coverage to residents with medical problems. In Missouri, a state senator suggests that officials not make any more plans on the state health exchange until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of the federal health law.

The Sacramento Bee: California's Pre-Existing Health Condition Plan Getting New Funds
California will receive $118 million in federal funds to bolster its 2012 coverage of adults with pre-existing medical conditions. The state-run, federally funded Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, or PCIP, was created last year to insure the uninsurable – those who because of their medical conditions have been denied coverage by insurers or who have had to pay prohibitive insurance premiums to ensure they were covered (Smith, 12/20).

St. Louis Beacon: Rupp Urges Lawmakers To Put Health Exchange On Back Burner
State Sen. Scott Rupp, R-St. Charles (right), says Missouri lawmakers should take no action on any insurance exchanges until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of the health-reform law under which exchanges are being created (Joiner, 12/20). 

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