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Unlike Health Law Counterparts, Young Adults Can’t Stay On TRICARE To Age 26

Young adult dependents are not allowed to stay on TRICARE until age 26 unlike under the health law, Fox News reports. Some health law fine print means states have significant leeway in deciding how much or how little dental coverage to offer to children.

Fox News: Military Members, Veterans Missing Out On Key Obamacare Provision
One of the most touted benefits of President Obama's health care overhaul law is the provision allows parents to keep their adult children on their health insurance until age 26. However, Trace Gallagher reported on "The Kelly File" Monday, this benefit is not being extended to a significant group of Americans: members of the U.S. military. TRICARE, the Department of Defense program that provides health coverage to active duty and retired military members and their families, only covers young adult dependents up until age 21, or age 23 if they are enrolled full-time in college (11/11).

Stateline: Kids’ Dental Coverage Uncertain Under ACA
Children’s health advocates were overjoyed when they learned that dental care for kids would be one of the "essential benefits" in the insurance policies on the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.  Suddenly, it appeared possible that combined with other ACA-related changes, as many as 8.7 million children would gain dental coverage by the year 2018. That was before they read the fine print (Ollove, 11/12).

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