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12 Days of “Gifts” from the Affordable Care Act – Gift Two: Expanding Coverage for Young Adults

In the spirit of this holiday season, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health invites you to share in a series of blog posts, each containing a special “gift” from health care reform. Some have already been implemented and some are gifts still to come; but all are very important improvements to our healthcare system.

Gift Two: Expanding Coverage for Young Adults

Just yesterday, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released exiting new data that illustrates what great things this gift has to offer. According to the data, the percentage of young adult’s ages 19-25 currently covered is significantly higher than in past years. The expansion in coverage has resulted in 2.5 million more young adults having health insurance!

This “gift” was put into effect in September 2010, and allows young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance until they are 26. We are excited to see the numbers continue to rise as more and more people start to take advantage of what healthcare reform has to offer.

With a tough economy, many young adults are prone to either not finding a job or employment that does not offer health benefits. This new data shows that – for many young adults – the law creates an option to no longer have to choose between enrolling in a health plan and paying their rent.

The data also shows that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working for young adults and many other populations in the country. If you missed our blog yesterday, we blogged on the positive effects that the law has shown on individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Be sure to check in tomorrow, where we will blog on the “gift” the ACA has for those seeking preventive care, including contraception. 


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