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Delaware Gets Young Adult Mandate Bill

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Diamond State lawmakers are about to introduce a bill that would require state-regulated health insurers to extend access for plan members’ children up to age 24.

Today, many state-regulated Delaware health insurers cut off children’s access to health coverage through their parents unless the children are full-time college students, Delaware officials say.

The new bill, to be introduced in the Delaware Senate by Sen. Patricia Blevins and in the House by Reps. Donna Stone and Nancy Wagner, would require parents to pay to cover their children, but it would extend access to coverage to age 24, regardless of whether the children were attending college.

The bill is based in part on New Hampshire’s “Michelle’s Law,” which was inspired by the story of a college student who died of cancer at age 22 after learning that she could not stay on her parents’ health insurance unless she remained a full-time student.