Enrollment Continues To Decrease In Health Reform’s Temporary High-Risk Pool

According to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, 108,589 individuals are enrolled in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) as of May 31, 2013, the temporary high risk health insurance pool established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The 108,589 figure marks the second straight month that enrollment in the PCIP has decreased, from 110,298 as of April 30. Nationwide enrollment had been increasing between 3,000 and 5,000 each month for over a year and a half.

The PCIP is designed to provide health insurance coverage for individuals who have been uninsured for six months and who have been denied a policy because they have preexisting conditions, including employees in companies that do not provide health coverage. The pool will run until Jan. 1, 2014, when health insurance exchanges will begin operation.

California had the highest number of enrollees (16,460), followed by Florida (10,656), Texas (9,125), and Pennsylvania (7,106). Maine had the fewest number of enrollees (66).

For more information, visit http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Fact-Sheets-and-FAQs/pcip-enrollment.html.

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