The Pennsylvania insurance commissioner has asked the federal government to reconsider changes to a state-run health-insurance program for people with preexisting conditions.
Preexisting-conditions insurance - called PA Fair Care in Pennsylvania - started in 2010 and was one of the first parts of the Affordable Care Act to roll out. It was supported nationally by $5 billion in federal money.
The insurance was designed as a bridge until online health-insurance exchanges and other provisions of the ACA go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, but $5 billion was not enough.
Federal officials in February suspended enrollment as of March 2 to preserve resources for current beneficiaries.