The nation's sickest patients will have one more month to transition into Obamacare, thanks to another extension from the administration. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program, a temporary insurance pool for "high risk" patients created in 2010, will be extended one more month to accommodate thousands of individuals who haven't switched over to the exchanges, according to The Hill. The program will now run through April 30, and participants will have until April 15 to enroll in a plan for May 1. Without this extension, individuals would have had until tomorrow to enroll in plans for April 1.
As The Wire has explained, PCIP was created by the Affordable Care Act to provide insurance for people who had been denied coverage by big insurers. The program was initially set to expire at the end of last year, but was extended one month at first, and then two more months to March 31. Technical glitches on Healthcare.gov prompted the first extension.
The latest will affect the roughly 21,000 people still in the program across the country. That's down from the estimated 135,000 who were once part of the program, but the administration said it wanted to prevent a gap in coverage for those still enrolled.