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Answers sought on families' Medicaid problems

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A congresswoman from New Hampshire asked the U.S. government Tuesday to clarify how families can obtain coverage under the federal health insurance law when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not.

Parents in New Hampshire, California and Florida have been surprised to learn that children who qualify for Medicaid can't be covered under subsidized family plans purchased through the federal online markets, The Associated Press reported this week. Some children are going without coverage temporarily while their eligibility is determined. Others are stuck with no options because they applied for Medicaid and were rejected, but can't be added to their parents' plans.

In response to the AP report, Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking it to issue guidance to insurers, consumer assisters and the public by Monday.

"Consumers deserve answers from CMS. My constituents should have had easy access to guidance about this situation long before enrollment began in October," she wrote. "Now it is late January, the enrollment period for marketplace health insurance is more than half over, and coverage has already begun for many families. The delay in providing guidance is troubling."

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