People with pre-existing conditions now insurable

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Many Arizonans who have been unable to buy health insurance because of pre-existing conditions will be able to apply for coverage through a new program starting on Thursday.

The federal health care overhaul law signed by President Barack Obama in March created the new program, called the Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

Arizona chose to let the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services runs its plan. You must have been without insurance for at least six months and had a problem getting insurance due to a pre-existing condition to qualify. You must also be a citizen or legal resident.

The plan will cover doctor visits, hospitalization and prescription drugs. Costs will range from $140 a month to as much as $900 a month. A new website,, provides more details.

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