Thursday, September 23, 2010
Starting Sept. 23, the under 26 crowd will be able to stay on their parents' insurance plans. The change is among a handful of national health care reform provisions that just kicked in. Up until now, some plans stopped covering adult children at age 19.
Plus, new plans purchased on or after Sept. 23 must make preventative services like mammograms and immunizations free of charge. And insurers can't deny coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions.
In honor of the new rules, student chapters of California Public Interest Research Group, including the Cabrillo College chapter, held events on campus to announce CALPIRG's new publication: The Young Person's Guide to Health Insurance.
But the biggest changes in the insurance industry still haven't been unveiled yet-- stay tuned until Jan 1, 2014.
And for those who prefer to read about the intricacies of insurance plans en español, take note of this site that the Department of Health and Human Services launched earlier this month: www.CiudadodeSalud.gov. It's the Spanish version of the government's www. healthcare.gov.