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NC weighs early coverage addition for young adults


RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina legislators aren't likely to make state employees happy, but they're willing to keep about 6,800 young adults from losing their health insurance coverage for several months.

A state House committee on Thursday approved a plan to let the children of North Carolina employees, teachers and retirees stay on their parents' insurance from the State Health Plan until they turn 26.

The dependents are required by the federal health insurance overhaul law to be covered starting later this year.

House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman said allowing the dependent coverage under the state plan beginning in June will prevent some from dropping out of coverage for a few months, or maybe for good. The extension is expected to cost the state-backed insurance plan up to $3.6 million next year.

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