This week, a commotion arose over the question of whether Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans, also known as high-risk pools, can include abortion coverage. The Obama administration responded immediately by imposing a total ban on abortion coverage in the pools that echoes the Stupak Amendment, even though nothing in the law requires such action.
PCIPs are temporary health insurance pools that states or the federal government must establish or expand in every state to cover people who do not currently qualify for individual health insurance because of a preexisting condition. PCIP coverage will expire in 2014 when enrollees become eligible for the new health insurance exchanges that will become operational that year. PCIPs will be funded with a combination of federal, state, and private money.
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