Enrollment Tops 100,000 In Health Reform’s Temporary High-Risk Pool

According to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, 103,160 individuals have enrolled in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) as of Dec. 31, 2012, the temporary high risk health insurance pool established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The 103,160 figure means that enrollment has increase 3,695 since November 30. While nationwide enrollment has been increasing between 3,000 and 5,000 each month, the enrollment figures are far below the 5 million expected to enroll in the $5 billion program.

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 Affordable Insurance Exchanges are scheduled to begin operation (see Report 540.-1).

California had the highest number of enrollees (15,101), followed by Florida (10,635), Texas (9,032), and Pennsylvania (6,593). Maine (48) had the fewest number of enrollees.

For more information, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2012/11/pcip11162012a.html.

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