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Bozeman, MT – A provision of the new federal health care law that goes into effect today allowing parents to keep children on their health insurance plan until age 26 will benefit 4340 young people, according to consumer group MontPIRG.
MontPIRG marked the day by releasing The Young Person’s Guide to Health Insurance (montpirgstudents.org/healthcare), a consumer guide which offers information about the rights and options available to young people and their families under the new law, at an event on the University of Montana. The guide also includes an introduction from President Barack Obama.
"The provisions that go into effect today are the first of many that will help families breathe a little easier when it comes to their health care," stated Neil Bennett, student board chair for MontPIRG
Emily Freeman a graduate student from MSU, who spoke about how this new law will be able to receive affordable healthcare after college. “With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act young people will no longer have to ask the question of how are they are going to get insurance after graduation. Now, those of us who are lucky enough to have parents who have health insurance have the option to stay on their plans until the age of 26.”
Eric Fisher, the ASMSU president also spoke at the event. According to Eric Fisher, “"This Health Care Guide is an excellent tool of reference for students. It simplifies all the language of the new policy and explains the most pertinent information for its audience. I am delighted to have this guide."
Today's event is the launch of MontPIRG's efforts to educate young people on their new rights and coverage options. MontPIRG has distributed the guide on campus and posted it online at www.montpirgstudents.org.
“Young people and all consumers need to arm themselves with knowledge of their new rights," added Joie Koch.
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