Skip to comments.Child-Only Insurance Vanishes, a Health Act Victim (3/31/2011. Obama hates children)
Posted on 03/02/2012 8:32:07 PM PST by tobyhill
Only months from their 65th birthdays and the switch from employer-offered health coverage to Medicare, Phillip and Diann Green of Forney realized they had a problem. After retirement, none of the states insurance companies will cover their 12-year-old granddaughter, Aria, whom they have raised since her infancy.
Insurers in Texas and across the nation protesting a provision of the 2010 federal health care overhaul that prohibits pre-existing condition limitations for children under 19, have simply stopped offering new child-only policies. For children being raised by their grandparents, who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid and have no employer-offered insurance or family plans to cover them, there are few options.
No agency keeps track of how many children in Texas are affected by the elimination of child-only plans, but experts suggest it is in the thousands.
Raising a child finding her health insurance its certainly not something you expect at our age, said Mr. Green, who, with his wife, gained custody of Aria when she was 7 months old because her biological parents were ill prepared to raise her. But everybody has come up with an excuse for not taking her.
Time will tell whether there really is a problem or not, said Representative John Zerwas, an anesthesiologist and Republican of Simonton. If theres a viable market for it, I would like for it to sustain itself.
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And a typical Dem Congress Critter remark will be:
"I had to PASS the healthcare law BEFORE I could READ it. Now that I HAVE read it AND understand its flaws - I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT have voted for it. AND, Because I WOULD have rejected it - vote FOR me in November ..."