HHS Secretary to announce steps to make it easier for Americans with pre-existing conditions to get health insurance

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On Tuesday May 31, HHS Secretary will join Suzanne Hannon, PCIP Member, John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and John H. Klippel, CEO and Founder, Arthritis Foundation, to make an announcement on the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a program made possible by the Affordable Care Act, for people who are unable to purchase coverage due to their medical condition.

The program covers a broad range of health benefits and is designed as a bridge for people with pre-existing conditions who cannot obtain health insurance coverage in today’s private insurance market. In 2014, all Americans – regardless of their health status – will have access to affordable coverage either through their employer or through new competitive marketplaces called Exchanges, and insurers will be prohibited from charging more or denying coverage to anyone based on their health status.

For more information, please visit www.pcip.gov.



Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, US Department of Health & Human Services
Suzanne Hannon, PCIP Member, Fallston, MD
John Berry, Director, Office of Personnel & Management
John H. Klippel, CEO and Founder, Arthritis Foundation


Tuesday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m ET





A replay of the call will be available by calling 866-489-2878. No passcode necessary.

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