Dependent children coverage changes

Yesterday, the FEHBlog reminded readers that FEHB plans cannot accelerate implementation of the increase in the dependent child limiting age from age 22 to 26 because the FEHB Act specifies the current age 22 ceiling. Today, the Federal Times reports that

The Office of Personnel Management is working with Congress to implement the health reform law early by allowing health insurance coverage of employees’ adult dependent children up to age 26 before Jan. 1. If current laws are not changed, however, dependents age 22 and older will have to wait until 2011 for coverage.

It occurs to me that OPM may be working with Congress to add this change to the pending bills that would extend FEHB coverage to same sex domestic partners.