Nearly 50,000 people are enrolled in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, according to a report released Feb. 23 by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the program as a bridge to 2014, when the ACA prohibits denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Twenty-seven states have elected to administer their own programs, often in coordination with existing high-risk pools, while HHS operates the program in the remaining states.
Many PCIP participants have serious health conditions, which has contributed to higher per-member claims costs in state-based PCIPs than traditional state high-risk pools, HHS said.
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