The federal government is giving people enrolled in the Pre-existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP) an extra month, until January 31, 2014, to sign up for coverage through the health exchange, or Covered California in our state. This transitional month of coverage allows people more time to review Marketplace plan options and enroll in the coverage that best meets their needs. The government will notify PCIP enrollees by mail of this extended coverage offer, along with details about cost-sharing. Eligible enrollees can purchase this 31-day PCIP transitional coverage by sending in a January premium payment. The premium rate is the same as what they paid for December 2013.
California has the highest number of PCIP enrollees out of all all 50 states: 16,060 or 15%. The next state is FL at 10,402. Here’s the enrollment numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
For more information, see Kaiser Health News’ article: Thousands in Obamacare’s High-Risk Pools Get Month’s Reprieve.