April 21, 2010 | last updated May 29, 2012 6:54 pm

Aetna extends child coverage age limit

Hartford managed care provider Aetna Inc. Wednesday it will extend families' health coverage to their children until age 26, months before the health care reform law takes effect later this year.

Aetna's decision allows young adults to avoid gaps in health care coverage and stay on their parents' plan, the company said.

"We are working with our customers to allow young adults to remain on their parents' plan until the dependent coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect later this year," the company said in a statement. "We believe this is in the best interests of our members and is in keeping with the spirit of the health reform law."

Federal health care reform requires insurers to allow children to stay on their parents' insurance policies until age 26. That law is already in place In Connecticut, but in other states children can lose coverage as early as age 19.

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