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42 U.S. Code § 300gg–14 - Extension of dependent coverage

(a) In general

A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage that provides dependent coverage of children shall continue to make such coverage available for an adult child until the child turns 26 years of age. Nothing in this section shall require a health plan or a health insurance issuer described in the preceding sentence to make coverage available for a child of a child receiving dependent coverage.

(b) Regulations

The Secretary shall promulgate regulations to define the dependents to which coverage shall be made available under subsection (a).

(c) Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify the definition of “dependent” as used in title 26 with respect to the tax treatment of the cost of coverage.

(July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title XXVII, § 2714, as added Pub. L. 111–148, title I, § 1001(5), Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 132; amended Pub. L. 111–152, title II, § 2301(b), Mar. 30, 2010, 124 Stat. 1082.)
Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 2714 of act July 1, 1944, was successively renumbered by subsequent acts and transferred, see section 238m of this title.


2010—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–152 struck out “(who is not married)” after “adult child”.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Section effective for plan years beginning on or after the date that is 6 months after Mar. 23, 2010, see section 1004 of Pub. L. 111–148, set out as a note under section 300gg–11 of this title.