Feds can't cover adult children until January
By The Post's Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson:
Although several health insurance companies said they will cover adult children on their parents' policies by June 1, the Office of Personnel Management says existing federal law prohibits that coverage for those in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program until a new health insurance law takes effect in January.
In a notice to federal agency benefit officers Thursday, OPM said, "We are working diligently with the Congress to address this matter. In the meantime, children turning 22 are automatically covered for an additional 31 days under the parent’s coverage policy. During this time, families can decide to continue FEHB coverage for their adult child for up to 36 months through the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) program."
Caution: OPM said that "there is no federal contribution toward the premium" of the temporary coverage. That coverage, however, is not subject to exclusions such as those for preexisting conditions.
| April 29, 2010; 1:13 PM ET
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