Last week, California’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) announced that it passed the 5,000-enrollment mark at the one-year anniversary of the program, federally funded as a creation of the Affordable Care Act. That’s 5,000 Californians with pre-existing conditions that had no other place to turn for coverage, that now have it–with room for thousands more.
California was allocated $761 million in federal funding to run the program through 2013–until the new federal law requires insurers to take all comers, regardless of health status. The Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) runs the program in California, along with a longtime state “high-risk” pool, the Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP), which is capped at 7,000 enrollees.
It’s good news that PCIP is picking up steam, and Calfornians are starting to get the benefits.