California, meet PCIP (that’s pronounced P-sip), the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.
The MRMIB Board met today and moved forward with soliciting vendors to administer PCIP, the new option for those denied for pre-existing conditions. The staff presented an aggressive schedule that would have contracts negotiated in the beginning of August so that enrollment can begin sometime in August. A bidders conference will be held July 12 for proposals that will be due July 21st. Contract negotiations are set to begin August 5th. Coverage is still scheduled to begin in September.
MRMIB will be relying on the selected vendor to develop an outreach and marketing plan once they are selected in August. Prior to that, they have no plans for outreach outside of their website and existing partnerships. MRMIB has already received over 1,800 requests for information regarding PCIP applications. Applications are not yet available, but please check the Health Access website or the MRMIB website for updates.
For those who think they may be eligible for PCIP, please review the eligibility criteria and then email FHRP@mrmib.ca.gov with your name, phone number, and address. You will receive notice as soon as applications are available.