- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is ending its high risk insurance pool now that members have adequate access to health plans through the federal health care overhaul law.

The high risk pool served about 3,000 residents who previously had trouble obtaining insurance because of pre-existing conditions and other issues. Because the new law requires insurers to issue policies without regard to health status, the high risk pool was scheduled to shut down Dec. 31. But state Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny ordered it to continue in November given the problems with the federal government’s online marketplace for purchasing plans.

Sevigny lifted that order Wednesday, saying high risk pool members now have the ability to transition to new coverage.

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