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Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan Data as of May 31 2011

The Affordable Care Act created the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program to make health insurance available to Americans denied coverage by private insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition. People living with conditions like diabetes, asthma, cancer, and HIV/AIDS have often been priced out of affordable health insurance options, and this has left millions without insurance.

PCIP is a temporary program that 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. As of May 31, 2011 24,712 Americans had insurance through PCIP and the coverage is making a difference. As of May 31, 2011 data from the federally run PCIP plan shows that of claims paid for the top 20 diagnoses, 30.2 percent were for diagnoses of heart disease and 25.8 percent were for diagnoses of cancer. A range of professional, inpatient and drug treatments were provided to these individuals.

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 the state of their health.

The PCIP program is administered by either the state or the federal government: 27 states have chosen to run their own programs, while 23 states and the District of Columbia elected to have their PCIP program administered by the federal government.

The PCIP program began accepting applications for enrollment in July 2010. Like private insurance plans, PCIP programs may incur expenses daily, but often do not submit claims for reimbursement until several weeks later. Accordingly, CCIIO will be posting data on a quarterly basis.

It is important to note that the PCIP interim final rule places a limit of 10 percent on administrative costs over the life of the program. HHS anticipates that our overall administrative costs will be at 10 percent or less over the life of the program, especially after one-time startup investments have been made. We continue to monitor these costs closely.

The chart below details reported expenditures paid as of May 31, 2011.[1]

State-run PCIP Expenditures by State

State NameEnrollment as of May 31, 2011Claims paid as of May 31, 2011Administrative expenses paid as of May 31, 2011Expenditures net of premium revenue as of May 31, 2011[2]
Alaska35$1,444,402$314,072$1,584,546
Arkansas278$901,465$223,838$654,264
California2256$16,818,579$5,641,713$18,922,577
Colorado776$10,439,360$1,107,911$9,688,833
Connecticut56$583,483$967,936$1,426,566
Illinois1357$6,402,795$363,530$3,995,496
Iowa157$1,358,677$615,531$1,595,445
Kansas200$3,120,539$357,911$3,012,566
Maine16$330,620$9,855$253,731
Maryland394$2,941,126$513,433$2,981,040
Michigan274$3,093,205$975,018$3,651,397
Missouri448$2,014,914$387,078$1,545,888
Montana222$3,601,878$353,579$3,376,050
New Hampshire170$7,172,978$406,862$7,100,073
New Jersey586$6,440,331$391,594$5,685,277
New Mexico426$4,471,231$395,273$4,134,321
New York1404$8,722,686$4,729,981$11,654,758
North Carolina1505$4,275,817$1,418,660$3,372,222
Ohio1286$10,874,023$677,800$8,483,785
Oklahoma324$2,608,085$420,602$2,373,221
Oregon838$9,384,904$315,867$7,104,822
Pennsylvania3427$14,537,598$1,425,268$10,319,446
Rhode Island125$1,188,979$438,792$1,309,070
South Dakota104$1,879,011$134,073$1,655,463
Utah353$3,213,327$179,862$2,854,149
Washington410$6,191,369$848,825$5,782,056
Wisconsin603$1,797,283$1,095,115$1,730,217
TOTALS18,030$135,808,667$24,709,981$126,247,279

Federally-run PCIP Expenditures by State
State nameEnrollment as of May 31, 2011Claims paid as of May 31,  2011Administrative expenses paid as of May 31, 2011[3]Expenditures net of premium revenue as of May 31, 2011[4]
Alabama103$569,687N/AN/A
Arizona573$3,089,287N/AN/A
Delaware67$40,464N/AN/A
District of Columbia27$130,369N/AN/A
Florida1067$9,740,996N/AN/A
Georgia725$3,696,137N/AN/A
Hawaii39$720,078N/AN/A
Idaho59$960,424N/AN/A
Indiana242$2,239,095N/AN/A
Kentucky112$632,916N/AN/A
Louisiana146$1,144,955N/AN/A
Massachusetts [5]1$899N/AN/A
Minnesota52$596,113N/AN/A
Mississippi88$950,314N/AN/A
Nebraska69$1,990,693N/AN/A
Nevada209$1,845,273N/AN/A
North Dakota11$74,836N/AN/A
South Carolina437$3,579,433N/AN/A
Tennessee380$1,890,530N/AN/A
Texas1798$19,454,913N/AN/A
Vermont0$0N/AN/A
Virginia370$2,066,162N/AN/A
West Virginia27$190,795N/AN/A
Wyoming80$532,166N/AN/A
TOTALS6,682$56,136,533$6,036,426 [6]$53,325,224


 

[1] These figures reflect claims and administrative costs paid as of May 31 and do not reflect costs that are incurred but not reported.

[2] PCIP members pay premiums.  This premium revenue pays for some of the cost of the PCIP program.  However, as a high risk pool, PCIP members incur expenses that exceed premiums paid.  The $5 billion for the PCIP program covers the expenses in excess of premiums paid.  The “expenditures net of premium revenue” equal the total expenses, claims and administrative, minus the total premium revenue.

[3] Administrative expenses and expenditures net of premium revenue were not available for the federally-run states.

[4] Administrative expenses and expenditures net of premium revenue were not available for the federally-run states.

[5] Massachusetts and Vermont are guarantee issue states that have already implemented many of the broader market reforms included in the Affordable Care Act that take effect in 2014.  Existing commercial plans offering guaranteed coverage at premiums comparable to PCIP are already available in both states.

[6] Figure doesn’t reflect CCIIO administrative costs