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More States Extend the Age at Which Children Can Still Be Covered by Parents' Insurance

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Health insurance extended coverage

The Wall Street Journal examined laws being passed in a growing number of states that require health insurers to maintain the coverage of adult-age children under their parents' policies. Young adults aged 19 to 24 years old were the fastest growing group of uninsured in recent years, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Most health insurance plans only cover children until the age of 19, with the age extended for full-time students. But at least 22 states have recently passed or are considering health insurance laws that would require coverage to be maintained for older dependent children, even if they are not students.