Missouri High-risk Insurance Pool Cuts Rates 23 Percent

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's high-risk health insurance pool is cutting is rates by 23 percent.

The state Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration announced the cut in rates Tuesday. The decision affects new and existing insurance policyholders.

The high-risk insurance pool is funded by an $81 million federal grant. Officials say premiums have ranged from $137 to $601 per month. Missouri insurance department director John Huff said the rate cut is designed to make the insurance pool more affordable.

People must be Missouri residents, have pre-existing medical conditions and be uninsured for six months to be eligible for the high-risk insurance pool.