62,000 Could Lose Insurance Without Obamacare

If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, nearly 62,000 “uninsurable” patients could lose health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act is overturned. These people, who have been turned down by insurance companies because of pre-existing coverage, can receive coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The temporary program helps them find insurance until 2014, when insurance companies will be required to accept all applicants regardless of medical history. But if the provisions that expand health care access are stripped, then PCIP participants would have no options. “They need to look at this carefully because it is going to affect a lot of people with a lot of bad conditions who are not going to have any health care coverage,” Amie Goldman, who oversees PCIP in Wisconsin, told the AP.