CMS suspends enrollment in ACA high-risk pools
AHA News Now
Feb 19, 2013
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Saturday suspended new applications to the federally-run Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan until further notice, and said state-based PCIPs also will suspend new applications after March 2. In a notice at healthcare.gov, CMS said the suspension will help ensure that funds are available through 2013 to continuously cover the more than 100,000 people currently enrolled in the program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the temporary program as a bridge to 2014, when the law prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against Americans because of a pre-existing condition.