New Study Shows Young Adults Need Health Reform More Than Ever

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<p>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 <a href="/Content/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2011/May/Helping-Young-Adults.aspx">study</a> 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. </p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>Read <a href="/Content/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2011/May/Helping-Young-Adults.aspx">Realizing Health Reform's Potential: How the Affordable Care Act Is Helping Young Adults Stay Covered</a> to learn more about the difficulties uninsured young adults face and how health reform is expected to make a big difference in their lives. </p>