The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report today finding that the Pre-Exisiting Condition Insurance Plans (PCIP) created under the Affordable Care Act will enroll close to 50,000 people. These PCIPs help those Americans who are barred from private insurance do to a pre-existing condition and who don’t qualify for public programs, like Medicare and Medicaid.
“For too long, Americans with pre-existing conditions were locked out of the health care system and their health suffered. Thanks to health reform, our most vulnerable Americans across the country have the care they need,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
In 2014, insurers will not be allowed to refuse coverage do a pre-exisiting coverage, but these PCIPs fill-in the gap until that year. All 50 states have these plans in place for their residents.