[Nfbmo] FW: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan - An Important Resource

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 25 19:20:25 UTC 2011

I do not know enough to endorse this but forward it on the assumption it is


From: Rios, Nancy Y. (CMS/MC) [mailto:Nancy.Rios at cms.hhs.gov] 
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 11:34 AM
To: Rios, Nancy Y. (CMS/MC)
Subject: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan - An Important Resource

This is one in a series of emails you will receive about the Pre-Existing
Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that was established by the Affordable Care
Act.  Please share this information with your clients, patients, members,
and colleagues who may encounter people in need of health insurance
coverage.  The PCIP is administered by either your state or the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services and provides a health coverage
option for children and adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
who have been locked out of the health insurance market because of a
pre-existing condition. This transitional program will continue until 2014
when Americans, regardless of their health status, will have access to
affordable health insurance when the nation transitions to a new


Eligibility criteria for PCIP:

.         A U.S. citizen or residing here legally

.         Uninsured for at least the last six months

.         Have a pre-existing condition or have been denied health coverage
because of a health condition


For more information and how to apply, go to "Find Your State" at
<http://www.pcip.gov> www.pcip.gov  and click on your state from a map of
the United States or select a state from a drop-down menu for information
about how to apply. You can also call a toll-free line at: 1-866-717-5826
(TTY 1-866-561-1604). The Call Center is open from 8 AM to 11 PM Eastern
Time.  A brochure is available online that can be printed and distributed:


Thank you for your assistance in raising awareness of this very important


As well, please find a Q & A column attached for internal/external
education, or for publishing in a newsletter.


This month's column covers 2 Q &A topics.1) Information about the new Center
for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within our federal agency
and 2) One of the new provisions that this Center is charged with
administering: The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that was
established by the Affordable Care Act.  


We appreciate your efforts in helping us educate consumers on this important
health care information.


Nancy Rios

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Regional External Affairs

601 E 12th Street

Kansas City, MO 64106

Ph: 816-426-6460

Fax: 816-235-7394

Nancy.Rios at cms.hhs.gov


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