News outlets examine how states are coping with covering hard-to-insure people, confusion about insuring young adults and a COBRA subsidy extension.
The New York Times: "The Obama administration is poised to award contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to about 20 states to run new insurance pools for people with serious medical problems. Applications will be available to the public in many states on Thursday, and coverage could start as early as August, said Richard A. Popper, deputy director of the new federal Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. The temporary program for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions was supposed to be established within 90 days after President Obama signed the health care law — that is, by last Monday. Thirty states have informed the federal government that they want to run their own high-risk pools with federal money" (Pear, 6/25).

The Associated Press/MSNBC: "Illinois may be one of the first states to start providing health insurance in a new high-risk pool funded under national health overhaul, but enrollment will be limited, eligibility requirements tight and coverage may not begin until late summer. ... Illinois expects to receive nearly $200 million from the federal government to start covering people with medical problems who've been uninsured for at least six months. The state estimates that 4,000 to 6,000 people will be covered in the new program. Many more are expected to apply for coverage" (Johnson, 6/25).

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