New York Gov. David Paterson says he wants group health plans that offer dependent coverage to increase the maximum eligibility age to 29.
Paterson, D, talked about health care and health coverage initiatives today during his first “state of the state” address.
Paterson proposed using Medicaid program savings to expand the state’s health insurance program for low-income families to include families earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level.
Paterson also proposed a collection of measures to fight obesity in New York state. One proposal would impose a new tax on the sale of soft drinks and other drinks that include large amounts of sugar.
One proposal that could affect private health insurers would require state-regulated group plans that offer family dependent coverage to make employee-paid dependent coverage available to family member dependents ages 19 to 29.