The Commonwealth Fund Connection is a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content.
Young men and women between the ages of 19 and 29 are among the groups struggling the most to get the health care they need, a new Commonwealth Fund study affirms. Their plight demonstrates that the Affordable Care Act reforms are needed more than ever to make comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage available to young adults. In 2010, 45 percent of young adults couldn't afford the care they needed, meaning they didn't fill a prescription, didn’t go to the doctor when they were sick, or skipped a test, treatment, or follow-up visit.
The new health reform law is already making a difference for young adults, according to the Fund's study. Early reports by five national insurance carriers indicate more than 600,000 young adults have obtained new insurance coverage since a key reform provision allowing them to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26 went into effect in 2010. And that number is certain to climb through the summer as young adults graduate from high school and college and more employers open enrollment to this age group.
California was the first state to create its own health insurance exchange after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. A new brief by the New America Foundation's Micah Weinberg and Leif Wellington Haase reports on California's key choices and evaluates their likelihood to ensure residents have affordable access to high-quality care.
Join a webinar on exchange implementation on Tuesday, June 7, at 3:30 p.m., E.D.T., with the authors and with: Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Director of Coverage Policy in the Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Kim Belshé, member of the California Health Benefit Exchange board, former secretary of California's Health and Human Services Agency, and former member of the National Academy for State Health Policy Executive Committee; and Jon Kingsdale, Ph.D., managing director and cofounder of the Boston office of Wakely Consulting and founding executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority in Massachusetts.