NU Online News Service, Oct. 15, 2003, 6:05 p.m. EDT – The Ohio Senate is considering S.B. 136, a bill that would create a special health insurance pool for state residents who have serious health problems.

The Ohio Association of Health Underwriters, Columbus, helped write the bill, and Sen. Lynn Wachtmann, R-Napoleon, Ohio, introduced it.

Supporters estimate 11,000 Ohio residents could qualify to buy coverage from the pool.

Twenty-nine other states already have risk pool health insurance programs.

Creating a risk pool would help stabilize premiums in the group and individual health insurance markets, OAHU says.

The text of the bill is on the Web at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=125_SB_136