Companies Urged to Follow New Ohio Health Law

By Matt Leingang | June 9, 2010 | 12:33 PM EDT
Columbus, Ohio (AP) - Advocates for the uninsured are urging some of Ohio's biggest employers to follow a new state law that allows young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until they turn 28. The targeted companies are exempt from the law.
 
It takes effect July 1 and exceeds the extension to age 26 mandated by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
 
But it won't help children whose parents work at private, self-insured companies, which pay their workers' medical claims directly rather than buy insurance. These firms fall outside state regulation. They include large employers Procter & Gamble Co. and Honda Motor Co.
 
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce says many self-insured companies have multistate operations, and to offer benefits in Ohio that aren't available to employees in other states could be difficult.
Advocates for the uninsured are urging some of Ohio's biggest employers to follow a new state law that allows young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until they turn 28. The targeted companies are exempt from the law.