Nov. 28, 2012
The family of a disabled veteran from Colorado is wondering what will happen to their healthcare coverage due to a loophole created by new health insurance laws. CBS-Denver News reports that while the new laws state that children up to the age of 26 years old will be allowed to remain on their parents’ private insurance policies. However, the same mandate was not put in place for those who receive insurance coverage through their veteran’s disability benefits.
One Colorado disabled veteran declared his frustrations after finding out that his daughter would not be covered after graduating from college. The current law states that children of disabled veterans are only covered by Colorado Veterans Disability Benefits if they are a full-time student under the age of 23.
Another veteran’s daughter has a faulty heart valve requiring surgery. Her healthcare coverage may be affected if she is unable to complete her schoolwork following the surgery in order to maintain her insurance coverage.
Legislators are working to push a bill through the Senate correcting the problem. The bill has died in the past due to a lack of funding, and it will be reintroduced during the next legislative session.