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State opens new plan for people denied health coverage

California opened the doors Monday on the first major piece of federal health reform to roll out here, a new state-run insurance pool for people who have been denied or priced out of private coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions. The Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, or PCIP, is subsidized by the federal government and is designed to help provide coverage until 2014, when insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage due to a person’s medical history.