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Who should cover the desperately ill?

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Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., at his swearing-in ceremony. (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., at his swearing-in ceremony. (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Mary Taylor, the Ohio lieutenant governor and insurance commissioner, accused the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of meddling in destructive ways with the operations of Ohio's Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).

Taylor, a Republican who has strongly opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), said her experiences with HHS PCIP managers were "less than rewarding."

Congress provided $5 billion for PCIP and let states choose between running their own PCIP programs or having HHS run the PCIP programs for their residents. The rates for coverage are supposed to be comparable to rates for ordinary commercial coverage. The program is open only to people with health problems who have been uninsured for at least six months.

Enrollment in the program has been much lower than expected, but the average level of medical claims per enrollee has been much lower than expected. 

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