|Keeping up the payments on individual health insurance
Jul 23, 1997
Let's say I convert my group plan to an individual plan when I leave my job. I'm worried what would happen if for some reason I can't keep up the payments. Is there anywhere I can get help for this in California.
| Response from Ms. Franzoi
The California Department of Health services will pay the private health insurance premiums for certain individuals who are losing employment and have a high cost medical condition. This is provided through the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) plan. To obtain more information on this program, call 1-800-952-5294.
In addition, persons unable to work because of disability due to HIV/AIDS and who are losing private health care coverage might qualify for the Health Insurance Continuation Program (CARE/HIPP) for a period of up to 12 months. For information on CARE/HIPP, CALL 1-800-367-2437 (No. California) or 1-800-922-2437 (So. California).
-- Lynn Franzoi
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