WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that children and other unmarried dependents of service members under the age of 26 can now enroll in TRICARE’s Young Adult (TYA) health care plan.

“When servicemembers leave their families and dedicate their lives to protecting the United States of America, they deserve to know that their loved ones can receive the support they need,” Brown said. “That’s why health care reform, which makes it possible for adult children up to 26 years of age to remain on their parents’ health care, is important. Today, unmarried military dependents can enroll in the TRICARE Young Adult program, which will help save them money and could help save lives.”

TRICARE – a component of the Military Health System operating under the Department of Defense – is the health care program that serves active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees and military families. The Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act extended TRICARE coverage to young adults.

According to the Department of Defense, unmarried military dependents under 26 who are not eligible for their own employer-sponsored health care coverage may qualify to purchase TYA, which offers TRICARE Standard coverage, for monthly premiums of $186, as long as their sponsor is still eligible for TRICARE.

For more information on enrollment, click here: http://www.tricare.mil.

Brown, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is committed to fighting for active-duty and retired members of the Armed Forces and their families.