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Blog: Udall Introduces Bill to Extend Health Insurance for Children of Military Families

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Today, joined by 21 of my Senate colleagues, I introduced a bill to extend health insurance coverage to the children of active-duty service members and retirees until the age of 26. I have worked this past year to ensure that non-military parents could keep their children on their policies until they turn 26, and as a member of the Armed Services Committee, I am proud to stand up now to extend the same assistance to our military families.

Under TRICARE--the Department of Defense's separate health-insurance program--dependent military children are covered only until the age of 21, or 23 for full-time college students. My bill, the TRICARE Dependent Coverage Extension Act, would enable the children of all uniformed service members and retirees to pay a reasonable premium to stay covered on their parents' plans until the age of 26.

As a parent of young adult children myself, I know firsthand the worries of many Colorado parents whose children are trying to find jobs in an uncertain job market without affordable health insurance. We share these concerns with military parents. This bill is crucial for giving our service members peace of mind for their families at home while they keep our nation secure. I am glad to have the chance to help reduce the costs of health care for all our Colorado families as we strengthen our economic progress together, and I will fight to get this bill passed this year.

Mark Udall


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