By now most of you have read the op-ed written by Spike Dolomite Ward, a woman in the San Fernando Valley who believes that “ObamaCare” may have saved her life.
Ward was uninsured when she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. But she found relief from PCIP, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, one of the early provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In her own words:
“Fortunately for me, I’ve been saved by the federal government’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, something I had never heard of before needing it. It’s part of President Obama’s healthcare plan, one of the things that has already kicked in, and it guarantees access to insurance for U.S. citizens with preexisting conditions who have been uninsured for at least six months. The application was short, the premiums are affordable, and I have found the people who work in the administration office to be quite compassionate nothing like the people I have dealt with over the years at other insurance companies.) It’s not perfect, of course, and it still leaves many people in need out in the cold. But it’s a start, and for me it’s been a lifesaver — perhaps literally.”
This op-ed highlights the importance of spreading the word about some of the benefits of health care reform that are already available, but not widely known. The California Pre-Existing Condition Plan is now providing coverage to over 5,800 Californians who have been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. PCIP has made some significant first strides in spreading the word about the program, but there are thousands more Californians that could benefit from it. To find out more about PCIP eligibility or to enroll, you can reach the PCIP program at:
PCIP Website: http://pcip.ca.gov/Home/default.aspx
For more information about other provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have been implemented in California, click here for a Health Access fact sheet on the progress of implementation efforts.