The departments of Health and Human Services and Education yesterday held a conference call to encourage colleges and universities to inform students they are eligible to remain on their parents’ health care plan until age 26 if the policy covers dependent children.
Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius and Arne Duncan have drafted a letter to college presidents requesting their help in educating students about this new policy, which Duncan called “a real game-changer.”
The two agencies have produced materials that provide students with information about retaining their health insurance after graduation or shifting from a student health plan to their parents’ plan, including:
- A badge designed to be placed on the home page of college websites that links to information about how students can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans
- A flyer about the new benefit that can be distributed to students and their parents along with graduation materials
- Resources to help staff talk to students about other insurance options (for example, if their parents do not have coverage)
They have also started a Facebook page which includes information for students and parents about coverage for individuals under age 26 and will offer assistance to institutions hosting session to explain insurance options to students. Interested campuses should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in building an event.
ACE Comments on Proposed Student Health Plan Rules (April 14, 2011)
ACE Reacts to Proposed HHS Student Health Care Regulations (Feb. 10, 2011)