Legislature Addressing Health Insurance For High Risk

The state Legislature is giving another chance to a bill that would create a special health insurance pool for chronically ill people who aren't insured or can't afford coverage.

The measure won approval Tuesday from the House Health Committee, the first of several panels that must approve the bill before it heads to the full chamber.

The next stop is the Insurance Committee.

A similar bill died last summer after being introduced late in the session.

The bill would create a pool to allow people with high-risk health conditions to get health insurance at more affordable rates.

The pool would be funded through enrollee premiums and insurer assessments.

A federal grant would get the program started and pay for operating costs.