Getting Coverage to 18-26 Year Olds

Massachusetts had done a good job in expanding coverage to young adults, but there’s a lot more to do.

Young Invincibles, a national organization representing 18 to 34 year-olds in the federal health reform debate, launched the Getting Covered campaign last week. Getting Covered will inform young adults and their families about the young adult coverage provision in national health reform, which allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26.

The federal standard, when begins taking effect on September 23, is stronger that the Massachusetts legislation. While our law only allows young adults to age 26 to stay on their parent’s plan for up to 2 years past losing dependent status, under the national law there are no time limits.

The new website www.gettingcovered.org features a great tool to help young adults and parents determine the best options for getting health coverage. Check it out!
-Suzanne Curry

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