CDC: Reform Law Helped 2.5M Young Adults Gain Coverage
On Wednesday, CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reported that the number of uninsured young adults nationwide has dropped by 2.5 million since the federal health reform law took effect in 2010. A provision in the overhaul allows dependents up to age 26 to remain on their parents' health insurance plans. According to HHS policy analysts, about 10.5 million young adults ages 19 to 25 were uninsured when the provision took effect in the third quarter of 2010, but that figure dropped to about eight million by the second quarter of 2011.
- "2.5M Young Adults Gain Coverage" (Alonso-Zaldivar, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 12/14).