Children's Healthcare Gap

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic congressional officials are acknowledging that President Barack Obama's new health care bill has a gap when it comes to covering kids in poor health.

Obama has said that starting this year, insurance companies will be banned from denying coverage to children with pre-existing medical conditions.

But spokeswomen for two congressional committees that wrote the bill confirmed Tuesday that the protections are less sweeping.

They say insurance companies could still refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem. However, if an insurer accepts a child with a medical problem, the company cannot exclude coverage for that particular illness, as sometimes happens now.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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