This babyâ€™s not on board with ObamaCare.
Long Islander Cornelius Kelly found it would be no problem to secure a family plan for his wife and three older kids through New Yorkâ€™s health-care exchange, but his 18-month-old daughter was out in the cold. The baby would need her own insurance policy.
â€śI couldnâ€™t believe what I was being told,â€ť said the dad from East Quogue, in Suffolk.
Kelly said he was no fan of the Affordable Care Act, but when he received notice a few weeks ago that his current insurance plan was being canceled, he tried the New York State of Health Web site.
Kelly, 41, and his wife, Jennifer, 42, are self-employed and have always had to buy their own insurance. Kelly runs a title insurance business in Westhampton, and his wife is a pediatrician in private practice in Miller Place. â€śI initially went on with a lot of optimism,â€ť he said.
Kelly said none of the plans offered out-of-network coverage, which was something he wanted. But even worse, they only covered his three older children, who are 3, 5 and 6.
When Kelly called a representative, he was told his daughter had to be 2 before she could be covered under a family plan. He would have to buy a separate plan for her, at monthly premiums that ranged between $117.21 and $369.31. The cost would be on top of a family plan with premiums ranging from $810.84 to $2,554.71 a month.
Kelly said he had been paying about $1,000 a month.
Unwilling to put his daughter on a separate policy, Kelly found a family plan in the private marketplace for about $1,250 a month.