Health care reform insurance program has been extended

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Government announces extension of health insurance program Those in the U.S. that had been receiving coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will continue receiving coverage through this program. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance plan was initially designed as a temporary program through which those with pre-existing medical conditions could find affordable health insurance coverage. The plan is connected to the controversial health care reform law, which had made it illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to those with pre-existing medical conditions. Program to continue offering coverage to those with…

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Federal government takes over health insurance program in California

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California health insurance program now under federal control California’s high-risk health insurance program is set to be taken over by the federal government in the coming weeks. The state’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was established to ensure that state residents with serious and chronic medical issues were able to find the health insurance coverage they needed. The program itself has been somewhat successful in this endeavor as it provides coverage for some 17,000 Californians. There had been concerns, however, that the program would not be able to last for the…

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Enrollment in New Jersey health insurance program to be frozen

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Health insurance program enrollment to be suspended on March 1 On March 1, 2013, New Jersey will suspend all enrollment into a state-run health insurance program designed for consumers with pre-existing medical conditions. State officials note that this is a mandatory measure per the Affordable Care Act and that the state was directed to suspend enrollment into this program by the Department of Health and Human Services. The health insurance program, which is called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, is suggested to be in danger of running out of money…

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What should you expect from the healthcare reform today, tomorrow, and into the future?

No matter what you may think about the reforms from the Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010, the changes are already under way and they will continue on until they are required to be set in place in 2014. By that time, Americans will all be required to have some form of healthcare insurance coverage. However, there are still a large number of people in the country who are not yet fully aware of what the changes entail and how they – and their families – will be effected by them.…

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Affordable Care Act making progress in getting insurance coverage to people with pre-existing conditions

The Obama administration is claiming that the Affordable Care Act had reached a milestone last week. According to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, that nearly 50,000 people with pre-existing medical conditions have received health insurance through programs that were set up by the federal law. While this may be a significant accomplishment, many of the law’s critics claim that 50,000 is just a drop in the bucket, considering more than 25 million people with pre-existing conditions still do not have insurance of any kind.…

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Health coverage for adults with pre-existing conditions to receive financial boost in California

The federal government will be sending California $118 million in funds to support its health coverage of adults who have a pre-existing medical condition in 2012. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) has been federally funded and state run since 2010, to make sure that those who would be otherwise uninsurable would be able to obtain coverage, regardless of the medical conditions that have either caused insurers to deny them a policy or to charge astronomical premiums. The PCIP functions as a transition to provide this necessary coverage until 2014,…

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Low enrollment in federal insurance program spurs a drop in premiums

Earlier this year, the federal government expanded the eligibility of a federal health insurance program to include those with preexisting conditions. The initiative was originally slated to take effect in 2014, along with the rest of the Affordable Care Act, but the Department of Health and Human Services enacted the new rules in an effort to ensure more people were receiving health insurance. The program, however, has been fraught with low enrollment, spurring the HHS to lower premiums by an average of 18% throughout the nation. The HHS hopes that…

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