Health care changes Thursday

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) – Starting Thursday you'll be able to keep your children insured longer, and be able to choose the doctor you want.

For Raymond Nunez of Colonial Heights, it's no easy task to provide health insurance for his family.

"It's very hard making ends meet with the expenses and all," Nunez said.

His daughter, Emily Nunez is 23-years-old, working part time, and going to school full time.

"I graduate in grad school in May and finding a full time job after that might not be easiest with this economy, so knowing that I'll be able to retain my health care is a relief," said Emily.

A relief for Emily but more so for her parents who have another daughter under their policy and until recently were paying separate insurance for a third child that was kicked out of the policy because of her age.

"It's not always a rosy garden when you come out and graduate and from college or whatever to find a job that has coverage so this helps, this definitely helps," said Raymond Nunez.

Across Virginia this new provision will help nearly 26,000 young adults until they get that full time job with benefits or turn 26.

All the changes affect those who are currently in a plan, renewing, or signing up on a new plan.

Click on Senator Jim Webb's web site for a complete list of the provisions.

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