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To Cover Their Child, One Couple Navigates A Health Insurance Maze In Pennsylvania

  1. Ari B. Friedman ( [email protected] ) is a fifth-year medical-doctoral student in health economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School. He hopes to complete a residency in emergency medicine by 2020.
  2. Tara Mendola is a sixth-year graduate student in comparative literature at New York University, specializing in medieval Arabic and French literature. The authors live with their son in Philadelphia. The authors gratefully acknowledge Genevieve Kenney, George Hoover, Daniel Polsky, and Karin Rhodes for their insightful comments on earlier drafts of this article.

Two graduate students fight the bureaucracy to gain coverage for their son under the Children’s Health Insurance Program—and hope that provisions of the Affordable Care Act will cut the red tape.

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