HHS to reduce premiums
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on May 31st new changes to the 24 federally operated Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIP) that are intended to increase affordability and access to the program. The PCIP was created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help Americans with a variety of medical conditions get coverage until 2014 when insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to anyone with pre-existing conditions. The changes to the federally-administered PCIP programs include dropping premiums as much as 40% in 18 states, easing eligibility standards in all 23 states and the District of Columbia and paying agents and brokers to connect eligible people with the program. Since the start of the program, over 18,000 Americans have enrolled in PCIP and the latest changes are an effort to increase enrollment. States who administer their own PCIP have been advised by HHS of the option to take up similar changes in their own programs. To view a chart showing the changes to PCIP premiums in the states with federally-administered PCIP programs visit Healthcare.gov. For more information on eligibility, plan benefits, rates and how to apply, visit PCIP.gov.
For more on how the Affordable Care Act may affect childen with special health care needs: aca.catalystctr.org