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Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program extends coverage through April

March 14, 2014

The federally-run Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan is offering an additional month of coverage to current enrollees who have not yet found coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces, according to an announcement on the program’s website. “Enrollees will be notified by mail of this option to extend their PCIP plan through April, along with details about cost-sharing,” the notice states. “Eligible enrollees can purchase PCIP transitional coverage by sending in an April premium payment; which will be the same monthly rate that they paid for January-March 2014.” The Affordable Care Act created the program as a bridge to 2014, when the ACA prohibits denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The program previously was extended through March.