Healthcare law gives young adults option for extended coverage on parents' plans

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- The health care overhaul is raising questions for many Americans, but many people are feeling confident about extending coverage to young adults.

The law now gives children the option of staying on their parents policies until they turn 26.

Nursing students, Brendan Haley and April Johnson are concerned about the healthcare overhaul.

"I'm iffy to be honest. I don't know much about it," said Haley.

"I'm not for it. I guess you could say I'm against it," said Johnson.

They say extending coverage to young adults on their parents' plans is a good idea.

"It will probably help a lot of college students you know who don't have health insurance because they can't afford it, because you can't afford to work and go to college and pay all your bills, if your already having to pay it, because it's expensive," said Johnson.

Haley says it's one less thing for struggling students to worry about.

"It's one thing after another, and if they can't pay it, it's more stressful on them."

As the president of Urgent Doc in Lufkin, and a father, Michael Iversen agrees.

"Those are the people that should be covered by government health insurance. The people who are in between, not just the people who are abusing the system," said Iversen, who has seen a lot of people misuse the system throughout the past 20 years. As far as extending coverage for younger adults, he doesn't see any drawbacks.

"It's hard to say there's going to be anything negative. It's a very low user group in terms of spending money from the insurance companies so I don't see how it's going to be a great cost to the insurance companies."

Still apprehensive about the reform bill, he agrees this provision is important for young people transitioning to the real world.

"It's less stressful knowing that I'll be able to find it and it won't be so hard looking for a good company," said Johnson.

More time to find coverage, and less stress. It's something these students can look forward to.

This part of the plan will take effect in September, roughly six months from now.

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