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High-risk patients get health insurance rate break
San Francisco Chronicle

More than 3,500 Californians are about to receive a rare benefit: reduced health insurance rates.

The state announced Tuesday that it will lower premiums by as much as 24 percent for new and existing subscribers of its health program for the medically uninsurable.

Monthly premiums for people in the federally funded high-risk pool, known as the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, will drop an average of 17.9 percent, or between 8.2 percent and 24.3 percent, according to the state’s Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, which manages the program.