Coverage begins for handful of Illinois uninsured

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Health insurance coverage has started for the first enrollees in a new Illinois program for uninsured people with medical problems.

CHICAGO (AP) — Health insurance coverage has started for the first enrollees in a new Illinois program for uninsured people with medical problems.
Enrollment opened Aug. 20 for the federally funded program, an early benefit of the nation’s new health care law. More than 1,600 people have submitted applications in Illinois.
The state’s Department of Insurance Director Michael McRaith says 41 people so far have met requirements and were covered starting Wednesday. He expect more to be enrolled as they turn in required documents and payments.
Enrollees will pay monthly premiums ranging from about $110 to $650.
Legal residents who’ve been uninsured for at least six months are eligible. Applicants must show they’re uninsured because of a pre-existing medical condition.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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