HHS IFR amendment prohibits illegal aliens from joining PCIP
Posted on August 29, 2012 | No Comments
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an amendment to an interim final rule to prevent young illegal aliens allowed to stay in the United States under President Obama’s amnesty program from joining a high-risk insurance pool program. from joining high-risk insurance pool programs. The amendment modifies the 2010 interim final rule which implements the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program. The purpose of PCIP is to enable people who have been uninsured for at least six months due to medical problems to obtain coverage at the same price as those without pre-existing conditions. PCIP will end in 2014 when plans are barred from charging more to consumers with medical problems. The amendment was released because the 2010 interim final rule held that individuals could enroll in these pools if they were citizens, nationals, or a “lawfully present” in the United States.