Thursday, January 5, 2012
Images like the one above that went viral in hours can arguably have a greater effect than any report, chart, or campaign slogan. While the majority of the benefits contained in health reform don't emerge until 2014, and as the public grows increasingly weary and skeptical of the law's ever-growing body of pending regulation, stories like this make crystal clear the fact that there are real programs helping real people today.
The program that this young lady is referring to is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The PCIP is a federally funded program for the medically uninsurable, and allows individuals like her to obtain insurance and health care without having to wait for 2014 when the full 'guaranteed issue' law goes into effect nationwide. Here in California, the PCIP has enrolled about 5,000 people since it's inception one year ago, and with an additional $118 million recently awarded to the state, the largest-in-the-nation program can sustain even more subscribers at reduced premium rates.
Find out more about how to enroll in California's PCIP here, and learn about efforts nationwide here.
Posted by Adam Dougherty at 11:05 PM