Thousands With Medical Problems Could Lose Coverage, Officials Say

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2013)--Thousands of people with medical problems are in danger of losing coverage as the Obama administration winds down one of the earliest programs in the federal health care overhaul, state officials say.

At risk is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a transition program, which has turned into a lifeline for people with serious medical conditions who can't get coverage elsewhere.

The health care law capped spending on the program, and now money is running out.

In a letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, state officials said they were "blindsided" and "disappointed" by a federal proposal they say would shift the risk for cost overruns to states in the waning days of the program.

There was no immediate response from HHS.


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