Adult Children Reaping Benefits Of Health Reform Provision.

The Washington Post /Kaiser Health News (5/3, Andrews) reports, “In past years, a student’s graduation could mean leaving behind not only the classroom but also health insurance coverage, since family plans often stopped covering dependent children once they left school.” But, the healthcare law “has changed that: Adult children can now remain on their parents’ plan until age 26, with few exceptions.” Notably, “the law applies to adult children whether or not they live at home or are financially independent. Even married children can stay on their parents’ health policy until age 26.”
Hundreds Of Thousands Already Taking Advantage Of Provision. The Hill (5/3, Pecquet, 21K) reports in its “Healthwatch” blog, “Some 600,000 young adults have already enrolled in their parents’ or guardians’ insurance plans thanks to the healthcare reform law, Kaiser Health News reports, outpacing the administration’s expectations.” HHS “had estimated that 1.2 million young adults would enroll in 2011, but new data from top insurers indicate that they’re signing up faster than expected.”

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