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California Pre Existing Condition Health Insurance Plan Lowers Rates

Author: Administrator | Aug 21 2011 | California, Government Pre Existing Condition Insurance Plan

Californians that have pre existing health conditions and cannot qualify for an individual medical insurance plan just received great news.  Medical insurance will become more affordable.

Under the new healthcare law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states are required to establish a public program, called the Pre Existing Condition Insurance Plan to provide medical insurance to individuals who have been denied health insurance (must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident of California and not had insurance for at least six months prior to enrolling).  The rates for California’s Pre Existing Condition Insurance Plan unexpectedly announced a rate reduction.

The federal government foots most of the bill and recently gave the state, which runs the program, permission to lower rates.   Also, starting this month, the 3,500 existing subscribers will see their monthly insurance bills fall an average of 18%. Some will get the maximum 24% break.

For Kristian Magnani, an unemployed graduate student from Duarte, the rate cut will pare $70 from his monthly insurance bill, dropping it from $288 to $218. Magnani, 33, has a congenital back disorder and went without medical insurance coverage for more than a year before he discovered the California Pre Existing Condition Insurance Plan when it debuted in October 2010, according to The Los Angeles Times.

“I’m just trying to get by,” he said. “For me, $70 a month in my pocket is huge.”

The safety-net medical insurance plan targets individuals, families and the self employed like Magnani who have been unable to find or afford health insurance in the individual medical insurance market because of existing health conditions.

Currently, health insurance companies in that market can reject subscribers or charge high rates to those with even minor medical problems such as hay fever or back pain.

The Pre Existing Condition Insurance Plan is viewed as a temporary solution for such people until 2014, when insurers can no longer reject policyholders or charge more for those who are sick.

“The whole purpose is to help people get out of a cycle of being uninsured,” said Jeanie Esajian, a spokeswoman for the state agency that runs the program. “It keeps money in their pocket.”

Trying to secure medical insurance and have pre existing health conditions?  We can usually help most people uncover one or more medical insurance options they are eligible for, such as COBRA Continuation, HIPAA Portability, government medical insurance plan or guaranteed health insurance plan.  If you are not sure if you or a dependent will qualify for an individual medical insurance plan, then take our underwriting quiz to find out. It is fast, free, easy and confidential. Let us know how we can help you with medical insurance in California. Contact www.healthinsuranceadvisory.org for more information.

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