Military expands healthcare coverage to dependents up to age 26

The military's healthcare program will start covering dependents up to the age of 26 starting Sunday under new Department of Defense regulations.

The new regulations put TRICARE beneficiaries on equal footing with the rest of the population after the healthcare reform law required insurance plans to cover young adults under family plans. Until now, TRICARE only covered dependents up to age 21, or 23 for full-time college students whose parents provide more than half the student's financial support.

According to the DoD's interim rule, the monthly premium for young adults enrolled in TRICARE Standard and Extra programs will be $186; the monthly TRICARE Prime premium will be $213.