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Children who qualify for Medicaid can't be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the federal marketplace
Parents must have significantly lower incomes to gain Medicaid coverage for themselves than they would to get coverage for just their children
Until the problem is figured out, thousands of children don't have coverage


Some 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.

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 causing confusion and problems for others.

A California man says he was given false assurances that his children could be covered by the same plan he picked for his wife and himself, and a Florida father says his daughter is going without coverage while he waits for answers. In New Hampshire, some parents who've enrolled in private plans for themselves are finding out later that their children aren't eligible for Medicaid after all, leaving the kids with no options.

'The children are getting stuck in this spot where we've enrolled the parent, but we can't bring the children back on the family plan,' Maria Proulx, senior legal counsel for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire, told a state advisory board panel this month.

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'

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.

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You just can't invent this level of incompetence. No one would believe it.

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You just can't invent this level of incompetence. No one would believe it.

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And once again it takes the British press for us to find out what is really going on....


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And once again it takes the British press for us to find out what is really going on....



Yup.  It's a little ironic that the same folks who did their level best back in 1812 to destroy us are now doing more to help us than almost any of our own supposed watchdogs in the press.

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Yup.  It's a little ironic that the same folks who did their level best back in 1812 to destroy us are now doing more to help us than almost any of our own supposed watchdogs in the press.

Hey - you guys started the 1812 thing  :tongue2:

Wasn't us.
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Hey - you guys started the 1812 thing  :tongue2:

Wasn't us.

No matter who started it, youze guyz did end up trying to level the place; if'n I recall correctly, there was some residence in D.C. y'all took a bit of kindlin' wood to.

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No matter who started it, youze guyz did end up trying to level the place; if'n I recall correctly, there was some residence in D.C. y'all took a bit of kindlin' wood to.

You guys got lucky. First DC hurricane and tornado ever? Just as we were breaking out the wieners and marshmallows? That was cheating.
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You just can't invent this level of incompetence. No one would believe it.

Actually, it was quite predictable.  Almost 3,000 pages that no one read certainly leaves open the possibility of massive incompetence.  Scarier yet, these are the major problems with the bill, the smaller ones haven't even been identified yet.  Those are likely to be the ones for which there is no solution since the congress won't be willing to revisit the issues and Obama isn't going to waste his time with them since they won't involve large numbers of people. :thud:
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You guys got lucky. First DC hurricane and tornado ever? Just as we were breaking out the wieners and marshmallows? That was cheating.
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