Friday, April 13, 2012

Giving Agents the Boot

Received today via email . . .

Dear PCIP Broker,

You are receiving this notice because you are currently or have previously been registered to participate in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Broker Referral Payment Program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) authorized payments to insurance producers with a health care line of authority who successfully refer people to PCIP.

We are writing to thank you for the extraordinary efforts you have made in helping to increase awareness of and enrollment in the PCIP program. The PCIP Program has provided access to health coverage and peace of mind to thousands of Americans who otherwise would not have access to health benefits. You have been an important partner in this effort.

We are pleased that PCIP has provided valuable coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions. We have determined that our outreach efforts have succeeded in significantly raising awareness of PCIP and enrollment in this program. As such, CMS will end the PCIP Broker Referral Payment Program in federally administered PCIP states as of May 1, 2012. The ability to submit new client referrals will be discontinued on May 1, 2012; however, all referrals that are received prior to May 1 will continue to be processed. So, we encourage you to submit any qualified referrals that are pending before May 1 to ensure that they are received.

If you have any questions about this notice, you may call a PCIP Broker Communication Specialist toll-free at 1-877-872-7890 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Central time, Monday-Friday. You can also send questions via email to We appreciate your dedication to helping individuals obtain quality, affordable health care coverage.

PCIP Broker Referral Payment Program
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