Senator Corman’s Health Care Measure Headed to Governor

Bill Extending Insurance Benefits for Young Adults Approved by House, Senate

Legislation introduced by Senator Jake Corman (R-34) to extend health care coverage for young adults under their parents’ insurance plans is headed to the Governor for enactment into law following the House of Representatives’ approval (192 to 2) of the measure today. The Senate unanimously approved the bill on March 25.

Senate Bill 189, introduced by Senator Corman, would extend health insurance coverage, at the expense of policyholders, to adult dependent children up to the age of 30 who are not married, have no dependents, are residents of the Commonwealth or enrolled as a full-time student at an institution of higher education and are not provided insurance coverage or eligible for government benefits. Insurers would be able to determine increases in the premium to cover this additional benefit.

“I am pleased that the House acted quickly to move Senate Bill 189 on to the Governor’s desk for enactment into law,” Senator Corman said. “This bill is particularly important in these tough economic times. Many working young people don’t receive benefits or have to pay extremely high premiums. That results in young adults age 18 to 34 representing the largest segment of uninsured Pennsylvanians. Senate Bill 189 provides an innovative and fiscally responsible way to provide insurance to some of those young adults at a cost they and their families can afford.”

Senator Corman’s legislation is part of the Senate Republican HealthNET PA package, a blueprint that expands access to health care and medicine to uninsured and low-income working Pennsylvanians.

Tim Nyquist
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