SAN DIEGO—Patients with pre-existing medical conditions who currently can't get health insurance will soon be able to get coverage from a new state program.
Starting next month, people can apply for the new coverage called the Pre-existing Insurance Plan. It is part of the federal health care reform bill, and California is getting around $761 million from the federal government to set it up. To qualify for coverage, you must have a pre-existing condition, such as cancer, AIDS or heart disease; have been uninsured for at least six months and be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Around 57 million Americans have a pre-existing health condition don't have insurance. San Diego resident, 57 year old Wanda Delong is one of them She suffers from a blood disease and has been denied medical coverage time and time again.
"With the blood condition I have, my liver is so bad that I'm dying," said Delong. "Unless I get some type of coverage that will cover what I have, I won't make it to 67. I think the new plan is great if you can afford it."
The coverage will cost you.
"An average person will pay $500 a month," said Gregory Knoll with the Consumer Center for Health education and Advocacy.
For more information visit www.mrmib.ca.gov.