Many State-Run High-Risk Insurance Pools to Shut Down December 31, Leaving Patients at Mercy of Obamacare

Administrators of the pools worry users will have lapses in coverage because of Obamacare's botched roll out


“This is what keeps me up at night,” Tanya Case told me earlier this week.

Case is executive director of the Oklahoma Temporary High Risk Pool, funded by the federal government to sell insurance to people denied coverage by private health insurers. Her worry is about some 300,000 people in her program and others like it who now must quickly find health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Many of the programs are set to close by law on Dec. 31.