"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 8:03:53, Nov 24th 2014 - FountainFarmer - Doc, Why do people like you have to turn stories that don't have ... [Read More]
- 7:13:36, Nov 21st 2014 - FountainFarmer - doc, why do people like you think that every story needs a sense ... [Read More]
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- 3:03:32, Nov 21st 2014 - Roberto - That IS a stereotype on Libertarians from extreme right-wingers BTW. See ... [Read More]
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- 4:16:40, Nov 15th 2014 - Gudrun - Ralph's burial at Arlington National Cemetery is scheduled for February 12, ... [Read More]
- 4:47:53, Nov 7th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - Hey winters coming, why don't you take your concerns to that of the ... [Read More]
- 6:43:44, Nov 6th 2014 - winters coming - Tell Fillmore central in harmony that it is against the law to push t ... [Read More]
- 11:34:53, Nov 3rd 2014 - Tom Kaase - First of all, thank you again to Editor Jason Sethre for allowing people ... [Read More]
Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with Pre-existing Conditions Continue to Gain Coverage through Affordable Care Act
Thu, Feb 10th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota
Posted in State of Minnesota
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a health plan for uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions created by the Affordable Care Act.
Americans in Minnesota continue to enroll in the plan, which was created in 2010 to provide comprehensive health coverage - at the same price that otherwise healthy people pay - for uninsured Americans living with such conditions as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease who have been unable to obtain affordable health insurance coverage.
"This program has helped thousands of people that desperately need coverage and we are excited to see Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan enrollment is ramping up, in much of the way enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) did in the 1990's, as more people learn about the new insurance options available," said Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which operates the program. "We are working every day to get the word out about this program, to find people who have been abandoned by the health insurance industry to get them the coverage they have been denied for so long."
This temporary program covers a broad range of health benefits and is designed as a bridge for people with pre-existing conditions who cannot obtain health insurance coverage in today's private insurance market. In 2014, all Americans - regardless of their health status - will have access to affordable coverage either through their employer or through a new competitive marketplace, and insurers will be prohibited from denying coverage to anyone based on their health status.
The Department is actively working with states, consumer groups, chronic disease organizations, health care providers, social workers, other federal agencies, and the insurance industry to promote the plan, including holding meetings with State officials, consumer groups, and others. New resources that are available to communities to help inform eligible Americans of the plan include a new web badge that links toPCIP.gov, as well as a new newsletter and website drop-in language that partners can use in their outreach efforts.
In Minnesota, 29 people have enrolled in the plan, and nationally, enrollment in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan is ramping up steadily and has increased by 50 percent in the past three months.
HHS' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight is also working with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) on a comprehensive outreach campaign, putting information about the plan in the approximately 3.2 million social security disability insurance application receipts distributed each year. SSA is also promoting the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan in its advocate newsletter, its website, and on TVs in the waiting rooms of SSA's more than 600 field offices.
Recently, several large commercial insurance carriers volunteered to include information on the plan in all insurance denial letters. Carriers that report they are including such language in their turndown letters include, but are not limited to: Wellpoint, Humana, United Health Group, and several of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans.
Resources available to consumer groups, media, states and others include:
PCIP.gov - This website offers information about eligibility, benefits and more. Consumers can find online and print applications for the plan in their state. FAQs are also available to help both organizations and consumers better understand the program.
Web Badge - A new website button was released today that groups can post on their website to link to PCIP.gov. To add the button to your website, visit www.HealthCare.gov/stay_connected.html and embed the code listed.
Newsletter and Website Drop-in Language - Also released today, this language is ready for consumer groups, state or local governments or other organizations to simply drop into their newsletters or post on their websites to help educate consumers about their health insurance options. To find this language, visit www.HealthCare.gov/center/brochures.
Posters and Brochures - Organizations can download or print English and Spanish language brochures and posters about PCIP to share with consumers. Find the brochures and posters here, www.HealthCare.gov/center/brochures.
Check out the "Find Your State" section on PCIP.gov for more information on how the plan works in Minnesota, including eligibility and how to apply.