Over the past couple of months, several people have asked me about the new Federal High Risk Pool that was created by the new health care reform law. For people in Georgia who have been declined coverage in the individual market and can’t qualify for the Georgia Assignment System or Enhanced Conversion option (after COBRA is exhausted), this was great news. For someone with significant pre-existing health conditions who has been declined coverage or had certain conditions excluded, this new option could be a life saver … at least until 2014, when everything changes.
Although there is still some mystery surrounding the new High Risk Pool, it is official as of today — July 1. Yesterday, I was checking out the site and there were lots of kinks. For example, I clicked on the application link for the Federal High Risk Pook and the Oregon application appeared. I clicked on the Georgia option and got nowhere.
Today, however, I clicked on Georgia and found the following: