Federal Health Insurance Law has Little Effect in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal law requiring states to offer health-insurance plans for people with pre-existing conditions has been in effect for a year. The result in Missouri is that about 500 additional people with chronic health problems now have insurance.
Yet that's far fewer than had been expected.
Missouri Health Insurance Pool director Vernita McMurtrey says officials had expected about 3,000 people to enroll in the program.
Missouri is not unique. Nationwide, enrollment is far short of projections that had been made when President Barack Obama signed the health care law in 2010.
Health care analysts and insurance executives cite several factors, including the cost of the insurance premiums and a requirement that people must go without insurance for six months before they are eligible to enroll.