Alabama opts out of federal health insurance pool

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's governor says the state won't implement the federal government's new high-risk health insurance pool for people unable to get private coverage.

Friday was the deadline for states to decide whether to participate in that part of the new federal health care plan.

Gov. Bob Riley notified the federal government that Alabama will defer to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement the insurance pool in Alabama.

Riley said the federal allocation and the premiums collected would not be sufficient to cover all the losses that a state-run insurance pool would incur.

Alabama is one of the states challenging the federal health care plan in court.

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