Affordable Care Act gives 2.5 million young adults coverage

By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 14:56 EDT
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Defenders of the Affordable Care Act received good news Wednesday morning.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2.5 million young adults received health insurance, thanks to a provision in the laws which allows people under 26-years-old to stay on their parents’ insurance.

The percentage of 19 to 25-year-olds with health insurance increased from 64 percent to 73 percent from September 2010 to June 2011, the agency said. Coverage for 26 to 35-year-olds was unchanged at 72 percent during the same time.

“This comparison makes it clear that the increase in coverage among 19 to 25 year-olds can be directly attributed to the Affordable Care Act’s new dependent-coverage provision,” the Health and Human Services Department said.

Most of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions won’t be implemented until 2014. Currently there are 50.7 million Americans uninsured.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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