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Dependent Coverage - Massachusetts to California

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Question: I have a question about the new health care reform. I have a son that just graduated from college and he was on my health insurance where I work (in massachusetts). He will be accepting a new job in california but his company has a "waiting period" of 180 days. So my question is can he remain on my health insurance under the "age 26" law even if he is moving to another state and the fact that even tho hie employer offers health benefits..he cannot get the insurance till the waiting period of 180 days has been completed? Thank you in advance.

Answer: Health care reform - the Affordable Care Act - allows insured parents to keep their sons and daughters on the their health insurance plan (individual or group) to age 26. Since it's a federal law it affects all states equally. When your son moves to California he can stay on your health plan for a few months until he is covered by his CA employer. However, if you have an HMO in MA it will only cover emergencies in CA. PPO works fine out of state. He can get the in-network coverage in CA if he is careful to select the right provider. If HMO, I recommend he purchase short-term health insurance coverage in CA. It's relatively cheap and easy to qualify.

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