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Healthcare reform makes it so that young adults will be able to remain on their parents’ family health insurance until the age of 26, regardless of their college enrollment status.
While this helps all adult children in this demographic, it is especially heartening to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Many young Mormons go on mission trips for one or two years. They often take a break from their university studies to do so. During that time when they are not actively enrolled, their student health insurance often lapses. When they come back, they would be uninsured unless they bought a potentially expensive short term policy. In addition, they are unlikely to have a job with health benefits immediately among returning.
Therefore, the legislation may be a net benefit for LDS Mormons looking for Utah health insurance, or coverage in another state.