Great Falls Tribune: Defense amends Tricare coverage

The Defense Department announced Wednesday that unmarried, military dependents without their own employer health insurance can qualify for their parents’ Tricare health insurance up to age 26.

Previously, dependents under Tricare could be insured only to age 21, or extended to age 23 for full-time college students.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., pushed for the change, which will match a provision of the health insurance reform law passed last year by Congress.

It extended health coverage for young adults to 26, but only under private insurance. It didn’t cover dependents whose parents receive government-provided health care, like Tricare.

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