Almost 1 million employers, or 19 percent, plan to extend health care coverage to their employees’ adult children before they’re required to do so next year, according to new research from Hewitt Associates.

Of those early adopters, 10 percent will extend coverage to all eligible dependents; the remaining employers will do the same for graduating students. Hewitt estimates the average employer might add between five and 10 more adult children than they are already covering. The additional costs could be between $350,000 and $720,000 annually in premiums and claims costs.

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