Plan for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions sees 50% jump in en­roll­ment

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Na­tional en­roll­ment in a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion health plan cre­ated by last year’s health­care re­form law has in­creased by 50% in the past three months to more than 12,000 Amer­i­cans, HHS said. The pro­gram is a tem­po­rary one cre­ated as a bridge for those with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions with no other op­tion—in­clud­ing state high- risk pools given fed­eral sup­port but not avail­able ev­ery­where—un­til 2014, when the unin­sured can get cov­er­age through state in­surance ex­changes and in­sur­ers will not be al­lowed to deny cov­er­age to peo­ple based on their health sta­tus. Medi­care’s ac­tu­ary es­ti­mated last spring that en­roll­ment would to­tal 375,000 by the end of 2010. To build aware­ness of the plan, HHS is work­ing with the So­cial Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion on an outreach cam­paign and will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the plan in about 3.2 mil­lion So­cial Se­cu­rity dis­abil­ity in­surance ap­pli­ca­tion re­ceipts dis­trib­uted an­nu­ally. HHS is also work­ing with states, con­sumer groups, chronic disease or­ga­ni­za­tions, health­care providers, so­cial work­ers, other fed­eral agen­cies and the in­surance in­dus­try to high­light the plan, and has cre­ated re­sources to pro­mote it, in­clud­ing a web­site de­tail­ing the plan’s el­i­gi­bil­ity and ben­e­fits.

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