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Lt. Governor Roberts Commends UnitedHealthcare for Extending Coverage for Young Adults, Calls on Other Health Insurers to Follow Suit

Providence, RI - April 20, 2010

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts today commended UnitedHealthcare’s voluntary decision to continue health insurance coverage for young adults, and requested Blue Cross and Tufts to follow suit.

Under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that takes effect on September 23, 2010, young adults will be covered under their parents’ or guardians’ existing health insurance plans until the age of 26. However, until the new reform law effective date, these students and other young adults will not be covered, creating a potential coverage gap.

“It’s extremely important for high school and college seniors to have these health insurance benefits as they graduate and enter a particularly challenging job market,” said Lt. Governor Roberts. “I’m pleased that United will take this step voluntarily, and I’ve personally asked Blue Cross and Tufts to do the same.”

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Department or agency: Elizabeth Roberts, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Online: http://www.ltgov.state.ri.us/

Release date: 04-20-2010

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