Pre-exising Condition Insurance Plan programs in Pennsylvania and Washington state are coming online.
The Pennsylvania PCIP program, the PA Fair Care program, will be up and running later this week, according to Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario.
Highmark Blue Shield, a unit of Highmark Inc., Pittsburgh, will administer the PA Fair Care program.
Premiums for the federal temporary risk pool program will be $283.20 a month, officials say.
Officials believe the program has initial funding to serve about 3,500 individuals. Eligible applicants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.
In Washington state, the Washington State Health Insurance Pool, an entity that already runs a state high-risk pool, has started taking applications for that state’s federal temporary high risk pool program.
The Washington state program is getting a $102 million grant.