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Ohio health insurance company drops lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio health insurance company has dropped a lawsuit against state and federal officials over confusion in rules for a program for patients with pre-existing conditions.

At issue is a high-risk insurance pool created by President Barack Obama's health care law targeting patients turned away by insurance companies because of such conditions as cancer or heart disease.

The pool is meant to act as a temporary patch until 2014, when the federal law will require insurers to accept all applicants, regardless of medical history.

Medical Mutual of Ohio sued last year in federal court to force clarification over who has the final say in eligibility for enrollment into the program — state or federal officials.

The company announced it was dismissing the suit in a court filing Thursday.