NH High Risk Insurance Pool to End

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/20 2014 11:38AM

Updated 03/20 2014 11:40AM

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire's high risk insurance pool will stop providing coverage on June 30, 2014. 

A press release says because health insurance companies are now required by federal law to issue policies without regard to health status, it now eliminates the need for the high risk pool. 

“With over 20,000 New Hampshire residents now enrolled in Marketplace coverage, the technical issues afflicting the Healthcare.gov website appear to have been largely resolved, giving high risk pool members the ability to transition to new coverage,” said Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny. “It is now appropriate for the high risk pool to wind down, as contemplated by the New Hampshire Legislature.” 

The coverage was planned to close at the end of 2013, but with the problems with the federal health exchange website, officials were concerned that people would not have access to coverage in 2014. A press release says Commissioner Sevigny then order the high risk pool to remain open in 2014. 

The New Hampshire Health Plan will ease the transition for individuals by providing assistance and information. The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s Consumer Services staff also will  be available to assist people who have problems getting coverage. 

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