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UPDATED: Mar 19, 2020

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Kathleen SebeliusOn May 31, 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two modifications that will make it substantially cheaper and easier for Americans to enroll in Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIP’s).

As a result of the measures, premiums for federally managed PCIP’s will decrease as much as 40 percent in 17 states, and the burden of document production for applications will not be as high.

The modifications are presumably an effort by the HHS to increase enrollment in PCIPs, which currently cover about 18,000 people in the United States.

States have the option to run their own PCIP program or have the HHS administer it. In 8 of the states where PCIPs are federally administered—Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, and Virginia—premiums decreased by 37-40 percent.

The Department did not decrease premiums for Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming because their premiums were similar to state averages. For the District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, the HHS decreased PCIP premiums somewhere in the middle.

Starting July 1st, the HHS will lower the enrollment bar for all 23 federally managed PCIP programs. Applicants will no longer need to produce documents showing that insurance carriers denied them coverage for a pre-existing medical condition. Rather, a note from their physician that references the condition is sufficient. For the 27 state-administered PCIP programs, states can use their own discretion on whether to make either of these two modifications.

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To further PCIP enrollment goals, it appears the government will also begin incentivizing affordable health insurance agencies to seek and enroll individuals into PCIP programs. Starting October 1st, the HHS will pay agents and brokers $100 for each successful enrollment, according to the National Association of Health Underwriters. Encouraging brokers in such a way is win-win because not only does it reward brokers for their efforts, it also creates more options to choose from and dissuades enrollment in weaker health insurance plans.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the PCIP program for individuals who have found it difficult to find individual health insurance coverage because of their pre-existing health conditions. The program will only be necessary until 2014, at which time the ACA will prohibit insurers from denying coverage for medical reasons.