A new state law that permits parents to keep sons and daughters (and other dependents) on their health insurance until age 26 will affect many Illinois employers. The law also permits parents to extend coverage for dependents who are veterans until age 30.
This new law goes into effect on June 1, 2009. Families will have 90 days after their policy is renewed, to add the dependent to an existing policy. Each year thereafter, parents will be able to enroll dependents during the normal open enrollment period.