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AARP Opens Employee Health Plans to Adult Children


July 1, 2010


AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560,

AARP Opens Employee Health Plans to Adult Children

Association’s employees can enroll children up to age 26, six months ahead of national deadline

WASHINGTON — AARP, the nation’s largest organization for Americans 50-plus, today announced its employees can begin enrolling their eligible adult children under their employee health plans beginning immediately.  Under the new health care law, children up to age 26 can be added to most health plans at the beginning of their next plan year.  AARP’s own employee plans will beat that deadline by six months.  A statement from AARP CEO A. Barry Rand follows:

“We know the struggle to find affordable health insurance crosses all generations, including younger people who may not yet have the benefit of job-based coverage.  That’s why we’re opening our employee health plans to eligible children up to age 26—a full six months ahead of the deadline set by the health care law.  In this tough economy, when Americans of all ages are fighting to make ends meet, we hope other employers will join us to quickly implement this important new benefit.”

More information about how the health care law affects you and your family is available at

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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