How Baby Erik Got Insurance

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Don Sapatkin, writing in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: "Two days after Erik Friedman was born, his parents applied for coverage under Pennsylvania's universal Children's Health Insurance Program. Six months later, they got it. What happened in between were 86 phone calls, two lost applications, a calculation error that tripled their income (and raised their premium), incorrect advice that they should (and did) drop their baby's catastrophic health insurance to qualify, multiple promises of responses that never came, and collection agency letters for hospital bills, which, of course, hadn't been paid" (Sapatkin, 7/8). Read the story.

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