11/11/2013 4:44 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - West Virginia will end a state-run high-risk insurance pool for folks who couldn't obtain coverage elsewhere.
The Legislature created AccessWV in 2005 for people with pre-existing conditions. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Riley said that the program served a need, but was no longer necessary because the federal Affordable Care Act guaranteed coverage for people despite pre-existing conditions. Riley said the program had about 1,200 policies.
Notices were sent to policy holders to inform them the program's coverage will end on December 31, 2013.
Riley said a contractor operated the program and that no state employees would lose their jobs.