Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) urged Tennesseans with pre-existing medical conditions to sign up for health care insurance offered as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Created under the ACA, which passed into law in March, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is available today.
PCIP is a transitional program until 2014, when individuals and small businesses will have access to more affordable private insurance choices through new competitive Exchanges. In 2014, an estimated 30 million people, including Members of Congress, will also purchase their insurance through these Exchanges. More information on how to apply is available on Cooper's website .
"For too long, pre-existing conditions have locked millions of Americans out of the health insurance market," said Cooper. "Because of legislation we passed this year, more than 12,000 Middle Tennesseans who live with pre-existing conditions will finally have access to affordable health insurance."
More information can be found at HealthCare.gov, a new website designed for consumers to research affordable health care coverage tailored specifically for their needs.