Extend Military Dependent's Insurance to Age 26

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Help the children of our service members have access to the physical and mental health support they need and deserve during these uncertain times! Sign this petition to let the Department of Defense know that young adult military dependents need their affordable health care extended to their 26th birthday. 

TRICARE is a benefit established by law as the health care program for uniformed service members, retired service members, and their families, including dependents. The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans.

Under this Act, plans and issuers that offered dependent child coverage were required to make the coverage available until the adult child reached the age of 26. This aided college age students and their families as they navigated school, careers, and the unknowns of early adulthood. TRICARE, however, was not required to make this change. For the last 11 years, TRICARE's eligibility standards for children have remained "Unmarried biological, step-children and adopted children are eligible for TRICARE until age 21 (or 23 if in college)". 

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, "About 30% of young adults are uninsured, representing more than one in five of the uninsured. This rate is higher than any other age group, and is three times higher than the uninsured rate among children. Young adults have the lowest rate of access to employer-based insurance."

Now is not the time for young adults to be going without health insurance. Any military dependent who "ages out" this year will be left without access to physical and mental health support and with the unemployment rate rising, chances are they won't be getting employer-based insurance. Help make a difference for those who have sacrificed family dinners, bedtime lullabies, and hearing parent's cheers at their games while their parent was serving our country.