On Friday, the Governor signed an executive order that requires health insurance carriers to provide parents with specific information about the availability of coverage to add or keep unmarried children on their insurance policies up to the age of 28 for an additional fee.

This expanded coverage comes not as a result of the federal health care reform bill, but from the passage of HB 1 that requires health insurance companies to cover adult dependents up to age 28 beginning at the first of July.  From the Governor’s press release:

“While the federal health care reforms will considerably reduce the number of Ohioans without health insurance in the coming years, we continue to make health care more accessible and affordable to our residents at the state level as well,” Strickland said.  “Making it easier for young Ohioans to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans for a longer period of time will increase the number of citizens with access to coverage and encourage our talented young people to build their lives and careers right here in Ohio.”

“Families will soon be faced with many decisions on how to provide coverage for their adult children,” said Ohio Department of Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson.  “It’s vital that parents get as much information from their insurance companies as possible so they can make informed decisions on the best possible coverage available to them.”

House Bill 1 (which actually passed the State Senate because it was the State budget) also included a rate-cap on individual coverage for those with pre-existing health conditions; a timetable for small employers to permit their worker to purchase health insurance with pre-tax dollars, and “extending the State’s mini-COBRA so small business employees can maintain health benefits for themselves and their families in the event they become unemployed.”

Ohioans with questions concerning the new health care reform laws are encouraged to contact the Department of Insurance by calling 1-800-686-1526. Free information can also be obtained at http://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/Pages/StateReforms.aspx

So how much longer before John Kasich and Mike DeWine start campaigning on repealing this health care reform, too?

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  • It's come to this. Democrats are now campaigning for office on promises to use the force of government to mandate that 28-year olds are permitted to stay dependent on Mom & Dad.

    OK if this is your view, but just to be clear…Get past all the rhetoric and that's exactly what we're talking about: Using the force of government to ensure that people who are closer to 30 than they are to 20 don't have to take responsibility for their well-being.

    So nice that one of our major political parties has made it a top priority to stand up for…losers…

  • modernesquire

    Dear token conservative know-nothing…
    You know who else campaigned on allowing parents to keep adult children on their health insurance longer as a way to solve the nation's uninsured crisis? Congressional Republicans.

    They cited H.R. 3887, which did the exact same thing for adults up to 25 years or younger as the Congressional Republicans Health Care Reform Plan:

    This is hardly controversial legislation as THIRTY states have enacted similar legislation.

    Seriously, turn off Glenn Beck and actual learn something factually true before you go on the Internets and embarass yourself.

  • Truth sayer

    Yo wingnut.
    Ken Blackwell, your candidate for governor in 2006 campaigned on this promise back then, except he thought it should be to age 30.
    Blackwell is as far right and as wingutty as they come.
    Explain that, and then explain why no one ever visits your blog that you have to infect progressive blogs with your teabagging drivel.

  • “Republicans did it too.”

    Democrats seem to be saying that a lot these days. On the deficit, on corruption, on health care and so forth. Not a sign that things are going all that well, it would seem, seeing as how Republicans got crushed in 2006 and 2008.

    But I couldn't care less about Republicans. Democrats are in charge. They won the elections. And you're trumpeting a request by Ted Strickland that the federal government force companies to allow 28-year olds to stay dependent on Mom & Dad.

    We are in very bad shape.

    Sidebar: It's obvious from the way you write that you think very highly of your intellectual capabilities. I don't know you; you might be a very smart person. I surmise that you are, if very liberal. I would advise you to lay off the personal attacks on people who disagree with you. You do it a lot, it comes across as petty and insecure.

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