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Hospitals promote health insurance for high-risk patients

11:24 AM, Jun 13, 2011   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Hospital officials met in Grand Rapids today to publicize a health insurance program for currently uninsured people with pre-existing health conditions.  It's called HIP Michigan.  It's supported with $141 million in federal funds and is a bridge to 2014, when aspects of federal health reform take effect that will create similar coverage under health insurance exchanges.

At a news conference at Spectrum Health today, HIP administrator Scott Wilkerson said not enough people know about the program and the coverage it can provide.  "No applicant can be denied coverage or benefits simply because of health status, and the coverage is available on a first-come, first served basis until the funding runs out.  This is great news for those who have been unable to obtain affordable health care because of a medical condition," said Wilkerson.

People interested in learning more can visit the program's website:

By Peter Ross

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