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New Hampshire Bill Would Extend Health Insurance Coverage to Those Who Divorce

A bill is being debated in New Hampshire that would require insurance companies to let divorced spouses remain on the ex-spouse's health insurance policies indefinitely,...
May 8, 2007

A bill is being debated in New Hampshire that would require insurance companies to let divorced spouses remain on the ex-spouse's health insurance policies indefinitely, or until they remarry. Under existing state and federal laws, ex-spouses may buy extended coverage under those policies for three years after they divorce, but critics say the cost often is prohibitive.

The Association of American Health Insurance Plans opposes the bill.

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, a sponsor of the bill, said letting ex-spouses go without health insurance costs taxpayers more in the long run. "Its the right thing to do for health care, the right thing to do for the uninsured and the right thing to do for our state," said Fuller Clark.

N.H. Bill Would Extend Health Coverage Following Divorce (Insurance Journal 4/4/07)

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