The new law, passed by Congress last month, requires health plans to allow young people up to their 26th birthday to remain on their parents’ insurance policy, at the parents’ discretion, effective in September.
“This is great news for families with adult children who are graduating from college this spring and summer,” Hinojosa said. “I am very glad to see that more and more health insurance companies are willing to fill the gap and give so much relief to those who would have been left with no health insurance.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana and Kaiser Permanente have joined WellPoint and United Healthcare in stating that they will voluntarily bridge any possible gap in coverage between now and the fall — when the under age 26 provision becomes effective. The HHS has also sent a letter to other insurance companies offering to work with each of them on this issue.
“One in three young Americans has no health insurance now and the announcements by these health insurers are a major step in the right direction,” Hinojosa said.