Legislators, health advocates announce new law benefiting students

Federal provision allows young people to remain on their parents' health insurance until age 26

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 21, 2010)—On Thursday, Sept. 23, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will join students, university officials, health advocates and Maryland lawmakers on campus at Towson University to celebrate the effective date of a new provision that permits young adults under age 26 years old to remain on their parents' health care coverage.

Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama six months ago as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the new federal health care law begins effect with enrollment periods starting after Sept. 23 of this year.

For Marylanders, the law builds on legislation enacted in 2007 which allowed young people to stay on their parent’s health insurance plan until age 25, provided they were a dependent. Because the new federal law extends to age 26, does not require the young person to be a dependent and also applies to self-insured companies that the state law could not affect, many more thousands of young people in Maryland will benefit from the measure.

Joining Lt. Gov. Brown will be John Colmers, secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene; Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative; and Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, a national organization advocating for the health care interests of those 18 to 34 years old.

Representing Towson will be Deb Moriarty, vice president for Student Affairs; Jane Halpern, M.D., director of Dowell Health Center; Darryl Glotfelty, treasurer of the Student Government Association; and Tamisha Jackson, a student to benefit from the new law.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Potomac Lounge of the University Union.






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