“I am 24 years old and my job doesn’t provide health insurance,” the young man told me. “What do I need to do to qualify for my parents plan?”
Recently the Governor signed into law my proposal to require insurance companies to cover adult children up to age 27 on their parents plan. The new law, which goes into effect next February, is part of my five point plan for health insurance reform.
Under the new law parents will be able to add or continue to cover adult children on their policies. Adult children must be unmarried and must not be offered a less expensive plan through their employer. Insurance companies can charge no more than what they charge for under-age children. Parents must file paperwork each year verifying their child qualifies.
College students, whose education is interrupted for active duty in the National Guard or the Reserves, upon their return home and to school can be covered on their parents insurance regardless of age. This is a small way we can say ‘Thank you” to our returning heroes who interrupted their education plans to answer the call to duty.