Companies Urged to Follow New Ohio Health Law
June 9, 2010 - 12:33 PMAdvocates for the uninsured are urging some of Ohio's biggest employers to follow a new state law that allows young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until they turn 28. The targeted companies are exempt from the law.
It takes effect July 1 and exceeds the extension to age 26 mandated by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
But it won't help children whose parents work at private, self-insured companies, which pay their workers' medical claims directly rather than buy insurance. These firms fall outside state regulation. They include large employers Procter & Gamble Co. and Honda Motor Co.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce says many self-insured companies have multistate operations, and to offer benefits in Ohio that aren't available to employees in other states could be difficult.
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