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Answers sought on families' Medicaid problems

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A congresswoman from New Hampshire is asking the U.S. government to clarify how families can obtain coverage under the federal health insurance law when children are eligible for Medicaid.

The Associated Press reported this week that parents in New Hampshire, California and Florida have been surprised to learn that children who qualify for Medicaid can't be covered under subsidized family plans purchased through the federal online markets.

In response to the AP report, Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday asking it to issue guidance to insurers and the public by Monday.

Some children are going uncovered temporarily while their eligibility is determined. Others are stuck with no options because they were denied Medicaid but can't be added to their parents' plans.

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