The White House said Thursday that it will extend the deadline to sign-up for the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP) by one month.
The Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP) was supposed to be terminated at the end of the year, because under the Affordable Care Act insurers can no longer deny consumers with pre-existing conditions.
Specifically, people within the transitional PCIP program can remain in it for the month of January if they have not already secured some form of health insurance.
“Today, as part of our efforts to smooth the transition to the marketplaces for those seeking coverage that begins in January, we are taking steps to ensure that Americans enrolled in the federal PCIP insurance plan will not face a lapse when the new year begins,” said Aaron Albright, spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The PCIP has helped 135,000 of the sickest Americans get coverage, but it had to suspend new enrollments in February to make sure it had enough funding to take care of existing enrollees.