While popular, the Age 26 Rule, which allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health plan, should be eliminated. If those young, healthy adults were to purchase coverage in the individual market instead, we’d see premiums come down for everyone.
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The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26. Before the President signed this landmark Act into law, many health plans and issuers could and did in fact remove young adults from their parents’ policies because of their age, leaving many college graduates and others with no insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires plans and issuers that offer dependent coverage to make the coverage available until the adult child reaches the age of 26, even if the young adult no longer lives with his or her parents, is not a dependent on a parent’s tax return, or is no longer a student. The new policy applies to both married and unmarried children, although their own spouses and children do not qualify. And, as of 2014, adult children who have another offer of employer-based coverage (through their own job) are eligible to stay on their parents’ plan. This is a non-grandfathered benefit – it applies to all group plans whether grandfathered or not. Source: DOL Fact Sheet – Young Adults and the Affordable Care Act