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Day One of Reckless GOP Repeal Effort: Lautenberg Vows to Preserve Health Coverage for Young Adults
Lautenberg Press Office, 202-224-3224
Friday, January 07, 2011WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) blasted House Republicans as they began an effort to repeal the historic health reform signed into law last year. On day one of the repeal effort, Lautenberg vowed to preserve coverage for millions of young adults who stand to benefit from remaining on their parents’ health insurance policy until age 26.
“This reckless attempt to repeal the health care law threatens to take affordable health insurance plans away from our children,” Lautenberg said. “For young adults trying to focus on their education or entering a challenging job market, the option to stay on their parents’ health insurance can literally be life-saving. Instead of looking for ways to improve the economy and create jobs, House Republicans are using their first work week to swipe vital services away from our families and further blow up the national deficit.”
The health reform law extended coverage for young adults by requiring any group health plan or plan in the individual market that provides dependent care for children to continue to make that coverage available until the child turns 26 years of age. Before the law was passed, many plans dropped young adults from their parents’ policies at age 19 or upon graduation from high school or college.
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), repealing the health care reform law would increase the national deficit by $230 billion through 2021.