The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents. Dependent Coverage Expansion


As of September 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (adding new Section 2714 to the Public Health Service Act) and its implementing regulations provide that new or renewing plans in the individual and group markets are required to cover dependents ages 25 and younger if they offer dependent coverage. This applies to young adults even if they are married, not living with their parent and/or not financially dependent on their parent. Grandfathered group health plans may exclude coverage of a dependent that has access to eligible employer-sponsored coverage. As of December 2011, 3.1 million young adults (ages 19-25) had gained coverage under this provision.11

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