Capital BlueCross Offers Continued Coverage For Young Adults

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital BlueCross is adopting a policy, effective June 1, 2010, to allow continued coverage for young adults who are currently enrolled under their parents' health plan until they reach the age of 26.  This is intended to bridge a gap in coverage until the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the new health care reform law) are fully implemented. The new law requires health plans to cover adult dependents up to age 26 beginning with plan years starting on or after Sept. 23, 2010.

The change will automatically apply to individual policies, and Capital BlueCross will offer this extension of coverage to our employer accounts for their members as well.

"We think it is important to address a potential problem for currently enrolled dependents who might otherwise find themselves uninsured before the new law takes effect," said William Lehr, Jr., president & CEO of Capital BlueCross. "We are committed to helping our customers understand the provisions of the new health care reform law and facilitating its implementation."

For a statement on this change by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, please see their Web site at www.bcbsa.com.  

Capital BlueCross has launched a Web site portal on health care reform intended to help our subscribers and others navigate the maze of the new health care reform law.  It includes short conversations with company executives and others on topics of interest to our subscribers.  It can be accessed at www.capbluecross.com and by clicking on "Learn About Health Care Reform".

Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to nearly one million people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.  Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs for group and individual customers at competitive prices.

The company has been providing health security to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs about 2,000 people in the region.

Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

More information about Capital BlueCross and its subsidiaries can be found by going to www.capbluecross.com.

SOURCE Capital BlueCross

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