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Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program extends coverage through January

December 12, 2013

The federally-run Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan will offer transitional coverage through January to enrollees who have not yet secured other health insurance, according to an announcement on the program’s website. The one-month extension will give PCIP enrollees more time to review and enroll in health plan options offered through the new health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, the notice states. “They will be notified by mail of this offer to extend their PCIP plan for an additional month, along with details about cost-sharing,” the notice states. “Eligible enrollees can purchase PCIP transitional coverage by mailing in a January premium payment; this will be the same monthly rate that they paid for December 2013.” Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the program was scheduled to sunset at the end of this year.