'Uninsurable' patients could lose coverage if the healthcare law is overturned

The Washington Post, May 18, 2012

Under President Obama's healthcare law, cancer patient Kathy Watson and nearly 62,000 other "uninsurable" patients are getting coverage through a little-known program for people who have been turned away by insurance companies because of pre-existing medical conditions, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, known as PCIP. Watson's case illustrates the potential impact of tying everything in the far-reaching legislation to the fate of one provision, the unprecedented requirement that most Americans carry health insurance. State officials who administer the federal pre-existing condition plan in 27 states are trying to make fallback arrangements in case the law is invalidated and coverage suddenly terminates.


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