|By Laura Green, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
About 128,000 school-age children were enrolled in this new eligibility category, as of last month. About 8,000 of them live in
Roughly 20,000 of those children may have been in another subsidized health insurance program, but that program charges premiums and offers a less comprehensive plan. Children are more likely to cycle off that type of program when families find they can't afford the premiums.
Because so much news coverage focused on how political leaders rejected the federal pitch to broaden the state's program, advocates had to do a lot of outreach to make sure parents knew their children could still quality under the broader rules. In fact, many people still don't know.
"Although advocates remain dedicated to closing the coverage gap for a million of the lowest-income adults, we also want to ensure that their families know that there is no such coverage gap for children. More kids should be able to get and keep the coverage they need than ever before," said
Children in a family of three whose parents earn up to
Groups like CHAIN continue to lobby the
The new enrollment among children has been driven in large part by families seeking coverage through the Affordable Care Act. The eligibility screening in the federal system was designed to individually measure each family member against all the programs available, including both government and private health care.
For instance, when a
All by filling out one application, parents may find that they qualify for private insurance under the federal plan and their children qualify for
"The market place is supposed to be the no wrong door," said
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