by Stephanie Drahan, Outreach Associate
National Women's Law Center
As we like to repeat, in March, a historic health care reform law passed! In September, many of the provisions will start going into effect, including one of the most popular: the "under 26" or dependent coverage provision.
This provision allows young adults who are under 26 and do not have job-based health insurance to stay on their parents' insurance plan until they turn 26. This gives lots of young adults some needed flexibility. They can hold out for that "dream" job. They can take that job that doesn't offer insurance, but provides them with irreplaceable experience. Or they can work in a job that doesn't offer health insurance, but does pay the bills while they intern or volunteer while looking for that "dream" job. How will this provision impact you? We want to hear your story!
I graduated from college—on time—at 22. My insurance was dropped about 10 days later. Upon graduation, my only plan was to enjoy my final summer, move to Boston, and start looking for jobs in the Fall. Unfortunately, that dream job did not come along right away, and instead I worked in a restaurant while volunteering at local reproductive rights organizations.