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June 1, 2010

Parents can soon keep children up to age 26 on their health insurance

Missouri insurers implement reform early for graduates

Jefferson City - Under the new federal health care reform law, Missourians will soon be able to keep adult children up to age 26 on their health insurance policy. While this requirement doesn't take effect until this fall, the Missouri Department of Insurance says at least seven major health insurance companies in Missouri have announced they'll implement the change sooner.

UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Coventry and Humana will allow adult children to stay on parents' policies before the federal deadline. These companies hold approximately 66 percent of the licensed health insurance market in Missouri.

"These major health insurers are making this change so that 2010 college graduates won't lose their health coverage after leaving school," said Insurance Director John M. Huff. "I commend these companies for going beyond what's required in the new law to help Missouri parents and young adults."

Particulars of the new age 26 benefit:

Consumers with questions should contact their employer, health insurance plan, the Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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