Blog (June 2010)
By Jeff Cornett RN MSN
Director of Training, Research, & Advocacy
Hemophilia of Georgia
One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the new health insurance reform law, is the provision that allows young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. Officially scheduled to be implemented on September 23, 2010, several insurers have put this benefit into effect early so that spring 2010 graduates can remain insured.
Georgia families covered by one of the largest insurers in our state have been surprised to find that this benefit is not available to them and won’t be unless Congress passes a law to make it so. These families are covered by TRICARE, the program that provides civilian health benefits for military personnel and their dependents. The Department of Defense controls all aspects of TRICARE and it is not affected by the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, military dependents will continue to be pushed out of TRICARE coverage at age 21 (or age 23 if they are full-time students). TRICARE maintains a webpage to explain this.
By Amanda Ptashkin
Two weeks ago, Georgians for a Healthy Future co-released a report with Families USA that quantified the number of Georgians who, absent health care reform, would be at risk of a denial of coverage based on their pre-existing health conditions. See our guest blog posting on Beyond the Tressle for more details about the findings of the report. However, this posting is not about the statistics–it is about the people behind them.