Reported by Matt Long, SCRN
House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn is promoting a new website designed to help uninsured Americans enroll in the new health care system.
HealthCare.gov was launched last week to help Americans who were refused insurance due to a preexisting condition. Visitors can use the site to sign up for the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), which is part of the federal Affordable Care Act passed earlier this year. Although it handles every state, 19 states including South Carolina declined to be involved. This means the federal government operates the programs there.
In a statement last week, Congressman Clyburn says the site empowers people–taking the power away from large health insurance corporations. Clyburn also points out that site provides useful information on the new changes being made.
However, because South Carolina declined to set up a high-risk pool in the state, any South Carolinian who wants to apply has to print out the application and mail it to an address in New Orleans. No information on premiums or deductibles is available for South Carolina. Residents of states that created their own programs, such as North Carolina, can access that information.