Friday, May 2, 2008

delegate mizeur touts health care expansion for young adults

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State Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) announced the passage of her Family Coverage Expansion Act yesterday at the University of Maryland. The new law extends health insurance to dependents until age twenty-five.

State Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) was at the University of Maryland-College Park yesterday to promote a newly passed law that extends health insurance to children for several years after high school or college graduation.

The Family Coverage Expansion Act, which Mizeur "shepherded through" in the 2007 legislative session, requires insurance providers to keep dependents on their families' health care plans until the age of 25. Currently, young adults lose coverage within a year of completing school.

"Becoming uninsured right after high school or college is no longer a rite of passage," says Mizeur at a press conference held this afternoon in the Stamp Student Union, on the University of Maryland campus. "It's a win-win-win situation for everyone."

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Mizeur, whose district runs from Colesville in the north to Takoma Park in the south, was joined by State Senator Jim Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) - who represents College Park - a raft of health care advocates and several university students who would immediately benefit from the bill, which takes effect this year. It's only one of several pieces of legislation passed by the state recently which increase insurance coverage, says Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative.

"I can't think of another state that has in so little time done so much health care expansion," DeMarco says.

There are 100,000 uninsured adults between twenty-one and twenty-five statewide, says Mizeur, making up about a third of all uninsured residents. Providing health coverage for them was one of her campaign promises, and she's glad to be able to fulfill it. "If you take care of them, you've solved one-third of the problem," says Mizeur.

Senator Rosapepe urged students to let their parents know about the Family Coverage Expansion Act, as did all of the speakers. He assured that there were no strings attached to the new policy. "They can stay on your policy but they don't have to live with you," he jokes. "That's a question a lot of parents ask."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

so many ambitious Democrats in Maryland... so few opportunities for upward mobility.

Patrick T Metz said...

If anyone is interested in more information on the new law, just contact our office at (301) 858-3493 or by email at heather.mizeur@house.state.md.us. We'd be glad to help answer any questions you have.

Patrick
Office of Del Mizeur