The Federal Government’s Poor High-Risk Pool Track Record Doesn’t Bode Well For The Exchanges

The federal government isn’t very good at enrolling people in high-risk insurance pools, a new Government Accountability Office report has concluded. The Hill’s Julian Pecquet reports that as of April 30, “27 states that operate their own pools had enrolled 15,781 people with pre-existing conditions. The federally-operated pool for the 23 other states and the District of Columbia, by contrast, only had 5,673 enrollees.” While the high-risk pools have long suffered from eligibility limitations, high premiums, and a lack of funding, this report can’t speak very well for the federal government’s ability to enroll people in exchanges by 2014, once some states opt out of building their own marketplaces.