At the MRMIB Board meeting today, it was announced that California’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program (PCIP) now has over 10,000 enrollees.
It’s by far the biggest PCIP of any state, as is appropriate. PCIPs were created under the Affordable Care Act, as a way to provide care to those denied for pre-existing conditions until 2014, when such behavior by insurers will no longer be allowed.
This program is ensuring Californians who need care are getting it. PCIP enrollees pay premiums, but the $761 million in new federal funds for California are crucial to keep those premiums affordable. Here’s MRMIB’s accounting of the care it is paying for with the federal funds under the ACA, just in the first three months of the year. That’s real care that is needed–and that’s real revenue to the health care system on which we all rely.
Yet another benefit of the Affordable Care Act…