Resources on the Implications of HSR

Ohio High Risk Pool

As part of the Affordable Care Act, approximately $5 billion in federal funding has been allocated for the temporary high-risk pool insurance program through 2013. The high-risk pool establishes a new coverage option for patients who have been uninsured for at least six months, have been unable to obtain coverage because of a pre-existing condition and are U.S. citizens or are residing in the United States legally.

Ohio is one of the 30 states running its own high-risk pool. Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMO) was selected by the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) to administer the pool. Ohio's high-risk pool began taking applications Aug. 1, 2010.

In order to apply for coverage, a patient must fill out several forms, including verification from the patient's health care provider that a pre-existing condition is present. For more information on the high-risk pool, go to www.ohiohighriskpool.com.

Health System Reform Timeline

To help physicians and their patients understand the next steps in the health system reform process, the OSMA has prepared a timeline on the implementation schedule for the reforms signed into law by President Obama. This timeline will be updated as needed.

AMA Health System Reform Resources

The American Medical Association (AMA) has a website dedicated to health system reform. The website has news and information on the law as well as a newsletter that will provide updates on the implementation of the law. The AMA is also holding many webinars to discuss the impact of the law on physicians. For more information, go to www.hsreform.com.