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Senate passes bills to create high-risk pool

The state Senate has passed legislation to create a high-risk insurance pool for people who have been denied private coverage because of previous medical conditions. The pool, which will be financed with $760 million in federal money, is the first tangible impact from the passage of federal health reform earlier this year. It will be a temporary program, set to expire in January 2014 when insurance companies will be required to offer coverage to everyone regardless of their medical history.