New PCIP enrollment halted, benefits modified

02/25/2013 | IFAWebNews.com

The federal government halted enrollment in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan in 23 states and Washington, D.C., where it administers the program, and the other 27 states have until March 2 to follow suit. "We are implementing a nationwide suspension of enrollment until further notice and therefore direct you, as our contractor, to take immediate steps to implement this suspension," wrote Richard Popper, CMS director of insurance programs. The suspension and benefits changes were prompted by concerns that the Affordable Care Act program's budget was rapidly being spent.

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