Bill Would Let Children Stay On Parents' Tricare Plan Until Age 26 - Elaine for Congress

Bill Would Let Children Stay On Parents’ Tricare Plan Until Age 26

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat whose district includes numerous military installations, including Naval Air Station Oceana and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, introduced a bill Thursday to allow young adults to stay on Tricare.

Currently, dependent children of active-duty or retired personnel lose their Tricare eligibility at age 21, or age 23 if they are full-time students. Then, they must find other health insurance or they can purchase Tricare Young Adult coverage, which costs between $228 and $376 a month.

Luria said the measure, which would be retroactive to Jan. 1, is important for families facing financial hardship during the novel coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

“The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26; however, military families do not receive this same benefit under Tricare,” Luria said in a statement. “During this public health emergency, it is more important than ever to provide our service members and their families with affordable and accessible health care.”

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