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Poor Kids Losing Coverage Due To Obama-Care

From the CBS DC:

Many Children Unable To Be Included In Parents’ Obamacare Family Plans

January 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Families shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble getting everyone covered when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not.

Children who qualify for Medicaid, the safety-net program for the poor and disabled, can’t be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the federal marketplace, a fact that is taking many parents by surprise and leaving some kids stuck without coverage…

So families with kids on Medicaid can’t also list their kids on their Obama-Care plan so they can get even more taxpayer subsidies? That is so un-fair!

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services declined to say how the system is supposed to work for families and what problems have emerged. But a regional manager for CMS acknowledged the problem at the same New Hampshire meeting and said the agency is working on it, as did Proulx in a later interview.

“This is an important issue, and we’re not taking it lightly,” she said. “Even if this impacts only one family … it’s a big deal and we want to get it resolved as quickly as possible.”

Something tells us that the solution will be to put everybody on Medicaid.

The federal government sets minimum guidelines for Medicaid eligibility, but states can choose to expand coverage beyond that. In some states, parents must have significantly lower incomes to gain Medicaid coverage for themselves than they would to get coverage for just their children, either through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program — also known as CHIP — the low-income health insurance program for children who don’t qualify for Medicaid.

In North Port, Fla., Russell Clouden was thrilled to find a better, cheaper family plan through the new marketplace, then stunned to realize his 14-year-old daughter wouldn’t be enrolled because she might qualify for Florida Healthy Kids, the state’s version of CHIP. The federal government still hasn’t transferred roughly 90,000 Medicaid files over to Florida officials, including Clouden’s daughter’s, so she still doesn’t have insurance.

“Based on your income, they’ll separate your kids from your primary policy and they shift them off to Medicaid or Healthy Kids and there’s no way you can bring them back,” said Clouden, whose daughter is an accomplished equestrian jumper…

And you thought competitive  equestrian riding was just for rich people like the Romneys.

“I’m kind of in limbo with her because I’m just hoping she doesn’t get injured or sick,” said Clouden, 53, who runs a restaurant franchise. “Without insurance, you’ve kind of got a knot in your stomach watching her jumping.” …

To review, Mr. Clouden owns a restaurant franchise, has a daughter who does equestrian jumping, but he doesn’t want to have to pay for her insurance. He wants the taxpayers to pay for his daughter’s risky hobby.

This is the new America.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Poor Kids Losing Coverage Due To Obama-Care”

  1. There may be a ‘Republican Sar on Women’ but the Democrats are waging war on every living thing inside America’s borders …


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