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State-administered health insurance garners only 14 participants

Posted June 23, 2011, at 10:21 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Barely a dozen Mainers have signed up for an insurance plan that covers pre-existing conditions, which has been available in the state for nearly a year.

The Portland Press Herald says only 14 people have subscribed to the plan, which was created by the national Affordable Care Act and is administered in Maine by Dirigo Health.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the plan, is trying to get the word out that the coverage is available. But interest by subscribers has fallen short in Maine as well as the rest of the country.

There are restrictions in the plan. Subscribers must have gone without insurance for at least six months, and they must have been diagnosed at some point with at least one of 37 conditions.

 

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