Fox News Falsely Claims You Can't Add Baby to Health Insurance Policy Under Obamacare (Video)
One of the most popular features of Obamacare is a rule that allows children to stay on their parent's health insurance plan until age 26.
However, Fox News tried to scare people this morning by claiming it's more difficult to go through labor than to add a newborn baby to a health insurance plan under Obamacare, if at all (video below).
As MediaMatters.org notes, parents can simply add their children, even babies, to their health insurance plan by contacting their health insurance company.
But because adding kids to your health coverage plan via the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, is not possible yet, drama went into full gear on Fox & Friends this morning.
"A lot of people think having a baby's tough," stated co-host Brian Kilmeade." Know what's harder? Under Obamacare, getting that baby insured. So labor might be easier than getting insurance paperwork done."
"You might have a new dependent who's dependent on you and dependent on health care, but right now, you can't put them in on the Affordable Care Act," added co-host Steve Doocy.
However, according to the Associated Press, parents can directly contact their health insurance company "to include the child immediately" on their policy. At some point in the future, parents will have to notify the federal government about their new child and its insurance status.
The Associated Press adds:
Having a baby could increase a family's monthly premiums, but it could also mean that the parents are eligible for a bigger tax credit to help with the cost. Under some circumstances, it could make the child or the family eligible for Medicaid, a safety-net program that is virtually free of cost to low-income beneficiaries.