Health law tricky for parents of Medicaid kids

by Holly Ramer

Parents shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble when their children might be eligible for Medicaid but they are not.

Some have been surprised to learn that children who are eligible 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 California man says he was incorrectly assured that his children could be covered by his new family plan, and a Florida father says his daughter is going without coverage while he waits for answers. In New Hampshire, some parents who bought private plans for themselves later learned that their children aren't eligible for Medicaid after all, leaving the kids with no options.

Government officials say they're working on the problem.

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freethinking
not rated yet Jan 26, 2014
Liar Dictator and chief Obama said If you like your plan and doctor you can keep them.... only idiots believed him.
Liar Dictator and Chief Obama said, Obamacare will allow more people to have access to health care. Only idiots believed him.

Truth is, fewer people now have health care, health insurance rates have gone up substantially.

Thank you to all the idiots who voted for Obama, for making the health care system much worse.

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