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  • Government to Reduce Premium, Ease Rules on Health Plans for Uninsured

    The Federal Government will be making  health insurance more affordable and accessible for Americans who have been denied coverage because they are sick as part of Health Reform.   Premiums will be reduced for uninsured people with conditions such as cancer or diabetes.  Restrictions will also be relaxed on who may sign up for  preexisting condition insurance plans.

    These plans were created by the health overhaul that President Obama signed last year. They are meant to provide temporary aid to sick Americans until 2014, when insurance companies will no longer be allowed deny coverage to people who are sick.

    The number of people signing up for these plans has lagged, in part because of high premiums and stringent eligibility guidelines.  Premiums in some states could come down as much as 40%, thanks to a more refined analysis of what the plans should charge.

    The administration is directly slashing premiums in the District of Columbia and most of the 23 states that have elected to have the federal government run their health plans. The remaining 27 states, which each run their own plans, will be able to reduce premiums, as well.

    The administration will no longer require applicants for these plans to furnish a letter from an insurance company showing they had been denied coverage. Instead, applicants will need only a letter from a doctor, nurse or physician’s assistant stating they have a medical condition.  Applicants will still have to show they had been without coverage for at least six months.

    The expansion of preexisting condition insurance plans is made possible by $5 billion that was set aside in the new law.  Because just 18,000 people nationwide had signed up for a plan, much of that has not been spent, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Additional information about signing up for a preexisting condition insurance plan is available at http://www.pcip.gov or by calling (866) 717-5826.

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