By: Tonya Williams, Employee Relations Specialist
School District of Janesville
Young adults age 19 through 29 are the largest age group in the United States at risk for being uninsured. This age group accounts for about 13 million of the 47 million Americans living without health insurance. Young adults often lose their health insurance if covered under their parent’s or guardian’s policy at age 19 or upon graduation from high school or college. The ability for young adults to attain and secure health insurance coverage for themselves is often difficult. Their ordinary transitions in and out of school and jobs during their early 20s typically affect their ability to remain on their parents’ or guardian’s policy or become eligible for employer-sponsored health insurance.
The Dependent Insurance Coverage provision in the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was designed to address the millions of young adults who are uninsured. Specifically, the PPACA requires plans and issuers that offer dependent coverage for children to continue such coverage until they reach age 26.
Effective September 1, 2012, the School District of Janesville will cover dependents to age 26 regardless if they are a full-time student or not. If you are interested in enrolling your eligible dependent under the Dependent Insurance Coverage provision, please contact Tonya Williams at 743-5021.