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Survey looks at early ACA impact on uninsured young adults

June 8, 2012

An estimated 13.7 million young adults stayed on or joined their parents' health plans in 2011, including 6.6 million who likely could not have done so prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. The ACA requires insurance plans that include dependent coverage to cover adult children up to age 26. According to the report, based on a Commonwealth Fund survey, nearly two in five adults under age 30 went without health insurance at some time in 2011. "The [ACA's] major insurance provisions slated for 2014, including expanded Medicaid and subsidized private plans through state insurance exchanges, will provide nearly all young adults across the income spectrum with affordable and comprehensive health plans," said Sara Collins, Commonwealth Fund vice president and lead author of the report.