The 2010 annual enrollment season saw the opening of the floodgates regarding dependent eligibility, as employers were required under the health care reform law to extend coverage to all dependent children - regardless of student status - to age 26. This includes both married and unmarried dependent children, as well as those who are no longer dependents on their parents' tax returns.

Now that the annual enrollment season is behind us, employers are beginning to get a handle on the number of additional dependents who came onto their plans, and what the true cost to their plans will be.

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