(a) A group health plan or an individual health plan, and a health insurer offering health insurance coverage that provides coverage for dependent children, that delivers, issues for delivery, amends, or renews a health insurance policy in the District of Columbia shall make health insurance coverage available and, if requested by the policyholder, extend coverage to any dependent child of a policyholder until the dependent child is no longer a dependent child.
(b) The health insurance coverage shall provide:
(1) The same health insurance coverage benefits to a dependent child that are available to any other covered dependent; and
(2) Health insurance coverage benefits to a dependent child at the same rate or premium applicable to any other covered dependent.
(c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require:
(1) Coverage for services provided to a dependent before October 26, 2010; or
(2) That an employer or other group policyholder pay all or part of the cost of coverage for a dependent as provided pursuant to this section.