CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A wrinkle in the federal online health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, that temporarily left some children without insurance coverage has been fixed, federal officials said Friday.
Children who have been denied Medicaid coverage can now be added to a subsidized plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said.
Children who qualify for Medicaid cannot be covered under subsidized family plans purchased through the federal online markets. That left some without coverage until their Medicaid eligibility was determined while others who were rejected for Medicaid still couldn't be added to their parents' plans.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said consumers can now use the website to report if someone was denied coverage and take steps to add the child to a subsidized plan.
The fix will also allow consumers to easily correct an error in their record such as a wrong birthday or Social Security number, the Medicare and Medicaid Centers said.
Individuals buying insurance in the new marketplaces are referred to state Medicaid offices if they might qualify for that program. But it's more complicated for families; in some states children can be eligible for Medicaid at higher income levels than their parents.
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