March 8, 2014
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia is ending a state-run high-risk insurance pool for people who can't obtain coverage elsewhere.
The Legislature created AccessWV in 2005 for people with pre-existing conditions.
State Insurance Commissioner Mike Riley tells The Journal that the program served a need. But it's no longer needed because the federal Affordable Care Act guarantees coverage for people despite pre-existing conditions.
He says the program has about 1,200 policies.
The newspaper says notices have been sent to policyholders that the program's coverage will end Dec. 31.
Riley says a contractor operated the program and no state employees will lose their jobs.