Extended health plans for young adults in effect

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Posted: Dec 07, 2009 5:11 PM

A new state law that makes more young adults in Pennsylvania eligible for health coverage under their parents' plans is now in effect.

The law passed in May and took effect Monday. It applies to an estimated 15,000 adult dependent children up to the age of 30 who aren't married and have no dependents.

They must live in Pennsylvania or be full-time students and must not have other health insurance. Insurers determine how much to charge policyholders for the coverage.

Before this, insurance companies that offered dependent coverage were only required to cover children on their parents' insurance until the age of 19.

State Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario says young adults in Pennsylvania have a relatively low rate of health-insurance coverage.