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Adult Children On Health Insurance Plans? Not So Fast


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Although Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has asked health insurance companies to extend coverage to adult children until the age of 26–who would otherwise age out of their parents’ plans or become ineligible upon college graduation–immediately, they aren’t legally mandated to do so until the first plan year beginning after September 23rd.

Actually, most health insurers have agreed to do so. It’s the employers who are holding out until the last minute. Most corporate health insurance plans don’t renew until January 1st. That leaves newly minted university graduates in the lurch for several months.

Even those companies who are willing to retain existing coverage won’t let young adults whose coverage previously lapsed re-enroll until next year.

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