Children Denied Health Care: Demand Government Action

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Fix glitches that prevent children from being covered under the Affordable Care Act

For millions of Americans, the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act did not live up to the hype. Website glitches and long waiting periods made acquiring insurance difficult for those who attempted to obtain it by 2014. For many, the issues were resolved and they now relish in plans that provide more services for less cost, but others face a serious and unreasonable issue: their children do not qualify for their plans. Urge the President to answer for this problem and find a solution that will protect our future generations.

A few strange cases have arisen in the last months of 2013, leaving two families confused as to why the adults in their family qualified for insurance coverage but the children did not. Kent and Judy Jones of Utah shopped for a plan through the Marketplace and found one that suited their family of five, but were dismayed when the system denied coverage to their children of ages 4, 7, and 10. Numerous applications resulted in the same response. Officials are still uncertain as to why this happened, and they attribute the problem to a website glitch.

Karri Kinder, a mother of two in Alabama, also made public her failed attempts to attain coverage for her 7 year-old son with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While her story leaves out details about her former insurance plan, the bottom line is disturbing – Kinder must now choose between paying double the price for a similar plan through her insurance company, or she will have to accept a plan through the exchange that will cover herself, her husband, and her 3 year-old for a reasonable price, leaving her 7 year-old son without coverage at all.

Though some have speculated that the impasse is a direct result of a state’s inability to expand Medicaid before the ACA rollout, this has not yet been proven.

If, however, the allegations against healthcare.gov are true, then the government is responsible and must take immediate action. The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to provide more coverage for those who were previously without it, not to take away coverage from those who had it. Minor website glitches that pose only small inconveniences may be overlooked, but glitches that prevent children from receiving health care will not be tolerated.

While these cases are indeed outliers and are not illustrative of the majority experience, they must be answered for. Urge President Barack Obama to look into these cases and determine the cause of the issue immediately. Once the cause is found, the problem must be fixed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Barack Obama,

Though the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act did not run as smoothly as hoped, many were able to attain the reasonably priced coverage that they desired. Because this legislation is intended to provide more coverage for people who previously went without it, it is imperative that the opposite not occur: previously insured individuals must be able to acquire health insurance through the exchange. At present, children are being denied coverage for unknown reasons, a problem that requires immediate attention on your part.

Due to a supposed glitch, two families cannot obtain coverage for their kids. In one case, all three children were denied while their parents qualified for a plan. In another case, a child with a pre-existing condition did not qualify for a plan while his parents and sibling did.

These incidents must be taken very seriously as they work against the goal of the Affordable Care Act. Please take action to determine the cause of these problems and fix them immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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