Deal signs bill restoring children’s health insurance plans


Legislation that will reinstate children-only health insurance plans in Georgia’s individual health insurance market, HB 1166, was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The new law requires insurance companies that market health insurance policies in Georgia to also sell child-only plans during an open enrollment period. These types of plans had previously been offered here but insurance companies stopped writing new policies because of a change in federal law that prohibited discrimination against children due to pre-existing conditions.

The bill is intended to help provide health insurance coverage for children whose parents are not offered dependent coverage by their employer and have an income level above the maximum allowed for Medicaid or PeachCare participation.

“We now have a voluntary, low-cost insurance option available to hard-working Georgians that will allow them to protect their children,” said Rep. Alex Atwood (R-Brunswick), who introduced HB 1166.

“HB 1166 drew widespread support and Georgians for a Healthy Future was proud to be a part of the coalition effort that ensured its passage,” said Cindy Zeldin, director of one of the healthcare organizations that supported passage of the bill.

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