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Q&A: 'High-risk' insurance pool to start in July

'High-risk' insurance pool plan

I understood that the government's program to insure people with pre-existing conditions would start in six months. Does that mean it starts in July? How do I find out how to qualify? Is there a website?

A new "high-risk" insurance pool for uninsured people with pre-existing medical conditions is supposed to be up and running in July, but the Health and Human Services Department has not yet released details.

To qualify for the program, people must be uninsured for at least six months and have a pre-existing health problem. The coverage will not be free, but premiums will be heavily subsidized and are expected to be more affordable than what's now available through state high-risk pools. In many places, states will also administer the new federal program.

For details, check the website www.health reform.gov.

The national high-risk pool is supposed to be temporary. In 2014, insurers will be barred from denying coverage to adults with health problems. For children, that consumer protection will take effect this fall.

Nondiscrimination policy effect

Why did Elena Kagan as dean of Harvard Law School have the authority to block recruiters from campus instead of the university president?

Dean Kagan, same as her predecessor, had the authority to implement the law school's longstanding nondiscrimination policy against letting employers use the school's Career Services Office unless they adhered to the school's nondiscrimination policy, said Harvard Law School officials.

Because of the military's exclusion of openly gay servicemen and women, the military did not meet policy requirements. Kagan encouraged military recruiters and interested students to meet through channels separate from the Career Services Office, officials said.

When the military demanded that Harvard Law School allow recruiters to use the Career Services Office or Harvard University would lose all federal funding, the decision was reconsidered, in consultation with the university president.

Coleman still portrayed in play

We saw the Broadway play Avenue Q before Gary Coleman died. How have they dealt with his death since he was portrayed in the show as a major "real life" character?

Gary Coleman, a satirical character (played by a female) based on the actor who died on May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage, continues to be part of the musical. The play has made small changes, such as a line when the character identifies himself as a child star, instead of a former child star, in the opening number, It Sucks to Be Me, the New York Times reported.

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