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Why High-Risk Pools Are Not Viable

Young adult with preexisting condition

The American Health Care Act, recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, would give states the option to segregate people with preexisting health conditions from the broader insurance pool and place these potentially costly patients into high-risk pools. In a new post on To the Point, Commonwealth Fund grantee Jean P. Hall, Ph.D., explains why restoring high-risk pools would represent a step backward. Also see Hall’s Commonwealth Fund–supported commentary on high-risk pools in the Annals of Internal Medicine (May 23, 2017).

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