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Health care reform takes hold in Indiana

Health care insurance program begins enrolling Hoosiers diagnosed with a pre-existing condition.

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Health care in Indiana: American flags were in abundance as Tea Partiers representing their state of Indiana marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., for a second 9/12 rally on 2010. One of their targets is the new health care law, which they want to repeal.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it has begun enrolling uninsured Indiana residents with pre-existing medical conditions in a coverage plan under the federal health care overhaul.

The Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan was created last year to temporarily provide comprehensive coverage for people with chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease at rates that otherwise healthy people pay.

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The agency says that beginning in 2014, all Americans regardless of their health status will have access to affordable coverage either through employers or insurance exchanges, and insurers then cannot deny coverage because of one's health status.

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The department said 131 people in Indiana had enrolled in the federal program as of last month.

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