About 85,000 people with a history of serious illnesses, who are enrolled in high-risk insurance pools created under the health care law,
will get a month’s reprieve before they lose that coverage.
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)
— scheduled to close at the end of the year — is being extended until the end of January 2014 to give people more time to enroll in health plans through state and federal insurance enrollment websites, many of which have been riddled with problems. The high-risk pools, which started in 2010, have helped people with pre-existing conditions obtain health coverage.
“We do not want these folks to experience a coverage gap,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a briefing Thursday. Many of these people are receiving regular treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
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Source: Kaiser Health News