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January 9, 2013

Enrollment ongoing for 'Child-Only' health care coverage

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has signed an order finalizing new rules that will require all insurance companies who sell individual health policies in Georgia to also offer “Child-Only” individual health coverage.

 “Georgia consumers who want to provide health care coverage for their children can begin the process during the open enrollment period of Jan. 1-31,” Hudgens said.  “To guarantee that children get the quality medical care they need, I encourage parents and guardians with uninsured children to consider purchasing this coverage. “

 A “Child-Only” plan is a type of policy that can be purchased by parents that are uninsured, whose employers do not offer health coverage to dependents, or who have had a qualifying event such as loss of coverage due to job change. A legal guardian can also purchase this type of policy if they are insured by Medicare.

 House Bill 1166, which established “Child-Only” policies, was an effort by the Georgia Legislature to assist parents with children under age 19 who are not currently covered, and who do not have access to creditable health insurance coverage.  The bill was sponsored by Rep. Alex Atwood.

 “This was a common sense, free-market initiative that received overwhelming bi-partisan support,” said Atwood. “I am honored to have authored legislation that will provide hard-working Georgians with an additional insurance option for their children.”

 Coverage for this healthcare plan will begin on March 1, for persons applying during the January open enrollment period.  Insurers are required to offer guaranteed issue during this period even if a child has a pre-existing condition. Children with loss of coverage due to qualifying events after January may also be eligible for special enrollment.

 Hudgens recommends parents and guardians to contact their local health insurance agent directly to inquire about enrollment during  January.  Anyone with questions about the open enrollment process may also contact the Department toll-free at 800-656-2298. Calls are taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

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