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    Health care webchat Tuesday: get your questions answered by Secretary Sebelius

    You may be wondering when the health care law is going to start affecting your life. Wonder no more: some benefits are starting now, like the ability to stay on your parents’ plan until you are 26.

    You are invited to join Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Rock the Vote President Heather Smith on Tuesday, May 11th, at 1:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. PDT) for a live webchat. They’ll discuss what’s in the health care bill for young adults and how to access those benefits now.

    Join the webchat on Tuesday at 1:00 P.M EDT at www.hhs.gov/live.

    Please send your questions to healthreform@hhs.gov and they’ll answer as many as possible during the webchat. They’ll also take questions live from twitter using handle @HHSGOV.

    Is your family’s insurance company participating? What does it mean for you and your family? What about when I graduate from college? How do we sign up?

    Together, we fought for health care reform that was a good deal for young people. That includes the provision allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26. This law officially goes into effect in September 2010, but Secretary Sebelius – with the support of Rock the Vote and youth organizations from across the country – has asked major health insurance providers to close the gap now and open enrollment to those 21-26 who wish to stay on their parents’ insurance.

    Find out more during the chat!

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    Thomas Bates
    Bio: Thomas is Rock the Vote's Vice President of Civic Engagement.
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    One Response to “Health care webchat Tuesday: get your questions answered by Secretary Sebelius”

    1. Anna Velasco says:

      Throughout the web chat, the Secretary said this new provision of the law would start Sept. 23. But isn’t it really whenever the parent’s policy renews after Sept. 23? In other words, it could be January or even later when this law goes into full effect.

      Also, if a dependent on a parent’s policy gets pregnant, and the company’s dependent care coverage does not cover maternity care, what would the dependent do?