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The state of New Jersey has released pricing and plan information about their pre-existing conditions program for uninsured residents.

As you may recall from my original post about the new health insurance exchange, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was started nationwide to provide subsidized insurance for American citizens that do not have insurance due to a pre-existing medical condition.

Each state has the choice to run their own plan or go under the federal plan. The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance has decided to run their own plan with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield as the sole provider of healthcare.

To be eligible for PPACA coverage an applicant must be a US citizen, a resident of New Jersey, been uninsured for at least six consecutive months, and have a pre-existing medical condition.

The plan in New Jersey will now be called, NJ Protect, and have premiums ranging from $212.63 to $767.95 for a single person depending on the age of the applicant and design of the policy.

Plans offered provide in and out of network benefits similar to a PPO plan. Treatments for pre-existing conditions are covered from the start of the policy and also offer preventive care with no additional cost to the policyholder.

Do you think healthcare reform will continue to provide affordable healthcare for un-insured Americans?

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