House Republicans demand answers on child-only policies

Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans are requesting that Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) address the issue of insurers dropping child-only coverage because of the healthcare reform law.

Reps. Joe Barton (Texas), John Shimkus (Ill.) and Michael Burgess (Texas) argue in a letter sent Friday to Waxman that a hearing should address whether the law has made providing such plans "too costly and financially unstable." The law says insurers cannot refuse to cover children who have pre-existing conditions, but insurers in several states have said they will stop issuing new coverage if parents can wait until their children are sick before enrolling them.

"We must act quickly to learn whether this problem can be solved," they write, "and we believe a hearing involving all interested parties would enable everyone to determine how best to move forward."