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Highlights of PCIP
available regardless of medical history
requires six month waiting period without other coverage
premiums are subsidized by the federal government
February 23, 2012 - A 19 page annual report on the status of the PCIP is available online
Many people who have been unable to get health insurance can now get coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), created under the Affordable Care Act.
PCIP enrollees can choose from three plan options, with different levels of premiums, calendar year deductibles, prescription deductibles and prescription copays.
The HSA Option provides an opportunity to open a Health Savings Account, a tax-exempt account where you can deposit funds for eligible medical expenses.
Each of the three PCIP plan options provides preventive care (paid at 100%, with no deductible) when you see an in-network doctor and the doctor indicates a preventive diagnosis. Included are annual physicals, flu shots, routine mammograms and cancer screenings.
For other care, you will pay a deductible before PCIP pays for your health care and prescriptions. After you pay the deductible, you will pay 20% of medical costs in-network. The maximum you will pay out-of-pocket for covered services in a calendar year is $6,050 in-network/$7,000 out-of-network. Benefits and limitations are summarized on the Summary of Benefits chart.
The PCIP insurance plan does not come with a Health Savings Account but these are available at no additional charge through other Freedom Benefits affiliate partners. (Some HSAs charge a fee for optional expanded banking and investment services).
There is no lifetime maximum or cap on the amount the plan pays for your care.
To be eligible for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, you must be a citizen or national of the United States or residing in the U.S. legally, have been uninsured for at least the last six months, and have a pre-existing condition or have been denied coverage because of your health condition.
Covers the expense of pre-existing medical conditions immediately upon acceptance. The average benefits expected to be paid are over $29,000 per person in 2012.
Applicants must have been uninsured for six months prior to application.
Summary of Benefits in PDF format
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