States offer variety of health coverage extensions

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Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 4 at 10:01 AM

More than 30 states allow parents to extend their health insurance coverage to dependents beyond the typical cut-off ages of 19 or 22. But these are not blanket extensions. Many come tailored for that state.

Here's a sampling of what some specify. The complete list, from the National Conference of State Legislatures, can be found at http://bit.ly/9Sg5El.

— Connecticut: Requires group health insurance policies to extend coverage to unwed children until age 26 if they stay in Connecticut or are full-time students.

— Illinois: Lets parents keep unmarried dependents on their insurance until age 26. Dependents who are veterans can stay until age 30.

— Kentucky: Allows parents to keep unmarried children on health plans until age 25, but they may have to pay extra.

— New York: Unmarried children can stay on a parent's insurance until age 30 if they live in New York.

— Tennessee: Allows dependent coverage for children up to age 24 if the child is unmarried and financially dependent on the parents.

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