PCIP Program to Start Saving People’s Lives (and Money) August 1


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Truman being shown early proposal of health care bill

"Don't worry Mr. President; we should have this done in about six months...."

My friend jpmassar up in the Bay Area has been talking about the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights this past week, but a lot of his writings involve health insurance/care reform. His story today is a must-read for those who are currently receiving treatment for pre-existing conditions and need affordable healthcare. It’s about a transition program within PPACA (the recently Supreme-Court-approved health care bill) to people insured to 2014, when the full bill takes effect, alive.  So far, about 70,000 have used it, but with the constitutionality of the bill settled it should soon be many more than that. I’ll give you a teaser here, then go to that link above for more. This could be a lifesaver for someone you know.

Everyone knows that the provision of the PPACA that allows adult kids to be able to stay on their parents’ insurance will continue. And 13,000,000 people are going to take notice as they soon get rebates from their insurance companies because of the PPACA’S spending regulations. But for the most part lost admidst the hoopla are some of the biggest winners of this 5-4 sqeaker: seventy thousand people who have a pre-existing condition and who are now getting health insurance and treatment.

These people are beneficiaries of one of the PPACA’s best (or worst…) kept secrets — the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, or PCIP. They will now continue to receive benefits until 2014 — instead of being left high and dry sick or dead as Alito, Thomas, Scalia and Kennedy would have preferred.

Projected to benefit over 300,000 US residents after a year of operation, the PCIP program is now only serving 70,000 after almost two years. As such, it is has plenty of space for you (if you need it and qualify), or your relative, or your neighbor, or your acquantaince, or even a stranger you happen to strike up a conversation with. As I detailed several months ago I might have saved a life by telling someone about the program. You might be able to as well.

But many of us here know almost nothing about the program, and some might not even that it exists at all. As Kossack Boris49 put it a year ago

Ask a few people what ((the PPACA)) means to them and their families, they don’t know much more than 26 year olds are covered under their parents plan and pre-existing conditions cannot be excluded by insurers… they (and I) have no clue.
Hopefully I’m about to change that…

If you learn a couple simple facts about the PCIP — or even just keep in mind that it exists — you may be able to point someone towards getting life-saving or life-changing treatments. As of August 1st, 2012, someone you know might be able to start getting desperately needed medical care. Not for free, and that’s unfortunate; but potentially for bazillions less that it would have cost them to purchase such treatment without this insurance, making help a possibility instead of an impossibility.

Here’s the straight dope:

If a person

  • has a pre-existing condition
  • cannot get insurance at all or at a non-exhorbitant price because of it
  • has not been insured for a least six months
  • and is a US citizen or legal immigrant

THEN THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PCIP PROGRAM, and
here’s where you send them or go yourself to start helping them.

There’s more; check it out!


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.