The NY Bridge Plan began accepting applications on August 20, 2010, with coverage available beginning October 1, 2010. The "Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan" (PCIP) is partially funded by the federal government and subject to federal regulations established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. New York State has designated GHI to administer PCIP in New York. This is the insurance pool for uninsured high risk individuals, who are people with pre-existing medical conditions that are expensive to treat.
Here is a link to a Q&A about the program, http://www.ghi.com/nybridgeplan/faq.html
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For more information about national health reform and implementation in New York State, see this article.