Health care costs for California's temporary high-risk insurance program have reached more than $37,000 per patient annually, according to program administrators. The program -- established in 2010 under the federal health reform law -- was expected to cost roughly $12,000 per patient annually. The higher-than-expected prices could be driven by demand for coverage of various tests and treatments that patients have waited to obtain.
"High-Risk Insurance Pool Helps ... But What About Cost?" (Menghrajani, "The California Report," KQED, 2/24).