Designers of failed to include a tool for addingnew babies to families' coverage, the Associated Press isreporting.


The website glitch affects parents who buyprivate "qualified health plans" through the 36 federal exchangesrun by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the HHS armthat runs, is telling carriers to have new parentscall them directly to add newborns temporarily while it develops atool to add babies to coverage through, according toAP.


Once the "add baby" tool is ready, the parents will have to — or a broker, exchange call center or in-personexchange helper — to formally add babies to their coverage.


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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.