Earlier this evening, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced its intention to have all the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country voluntarily extend coverage of adult children in all cases where coverage is set to expire because of age or loss of student status. That’s great news for the thousands of young adults set to graduate from college over the next few weeks.
While the new law doesn’t require insurers to take this step until September, Blue Cross Blue Shield joins a growing list of insurers choosing to do the right thing and adopt the policy right away. Other companies stepping up include Wellpoint, United Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Humana.
Just yesterday, Secretary Sebelius sent a letter to health insurers across the country urging them to voluntarily provide this benefit to their eligible customers ahead of the September date. We’re gratified to see so many agreeing to do so – and we know that thousands of young adults and their families are, too. It’s the right thing to do.
Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director