Thursday, December 15, 2011

More Young Adults Are Insured

Young adults are more likely to have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which allows them to remain on their parents' health insurance plan through age 25. The percentage of 19-to-25-year-olds without health insurance fell from 33.9 percent in 2010 (the year the provision went into effect) to 28.8 percent in the first six months of 2011, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The expansion of health insurance for the age group is important protection during a vulnerable time of life. Young adults are in a No Man's Land between school and job, many are unemployed, and millions are in part-time or entry-level work without health care coverage. It is also important for another reason: it protects their parents from medical bankruptcy. What parent would not come to the rescue of an uninsured child faced with a costly disease or injury?

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2011

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