COLUMBUS A new Ohio law spearheaded by Gov. Ted Strickland will take effect on July 1 requiring insurance companies to offer policyholders the option to add or keep unmarried children on their insurance policies up to age 28 for an additional fee.
Strickland issued an executive order late last week requiring carriers to provide parents with specific information about the availability of this coverage to help them make a decision whether to keep or add a child to their plan.
"While the federal health care reforms will considerably reduce the number of Ohioans without health insurance in the coming years, we continue to make health care more accessible and affordable to our residents at the state level as well," Strickland said. "Making it easier for young Ohioans to remain on their parents' health insurance plans for a longer period of time will increase the number of citizens with access to coverage and encourage our talented young people to build their lives and careers right here in Ohio."
The law, part of House Bill 1, requires Ohio health insurance companies to cover adult dependents up to age 28 beginning July 1, 2010. Previously, only dependents up to age 19, or up to 23 years old if they were still in school, were eligible to receive coverage under their parents' policies.