Pregnant And Uninsured? Don’t Count On Obamacare Coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act, pregnancy isn't considered a qualifying event that justifies enrollment at any time.i

Under the Affordable Care Act, pregnancy isn’t considered a “qualifying event” that justifies enrollment at any time.

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Under the Affordable Care Act, pregnancy isn't considered a qualifying event that justifies enrollment at any time.

Under the Affordable Care Act, pregnancy isn’t considered a “qualifying event” that justifies enrollment at any time.

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The Obama administration often touts the health benefits women have gained under the Affordable Care Act, including the option to sign up for coverage outside of open enrollment periods if they’re “having a baby.”

But advocates complain that the special insurance enrollment period begins only after a birth. As a result, uninsured women who learn they are pregnant outside of the regular three-month open enrollment period, which this year ended Sunday, can get stuck paying thousands of dollars for prenatal care and delivery — or worse, going without care.

The advocacy groups, including the March of Dimes, Planned Parenthood and Young Invincibles, are asking

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/18/387191283/pregnant-and-uninsured-dont-count-on-obamacare-coverage?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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