HHS to Make it Easier for People to Enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for people to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was created under the Affordable Care Act and serves as a bridge to 2014 when insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to people with any pre-existing condition, like arthritis, seizures, or diabetes.   The federal government administers the plans in 23 states and the District of Columbia. In those states, premiums will be reduced and eligibility standards will be eased. Starting July 1, 2011, people applying for coverage can simply provide a letter from a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner dated within the past 12 months stating that they have or, at any time in the past, had a medical condition, disability, or illness. For more information, visit https://www.pcip.gov/

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