AHL’s Top Story: Health Reform Law Helps Decrease Young Adult Uninsurance Rate by 4%, Poll Finds
The percentage of young adults without health insurance decreased by about four percentage points since the implementation of a provision in the federal health reform law allowing them to remain on their parents’ coverage, according to a Gallup poll, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports (Alonso-Zaldivar, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 9/21). The survey follows a U.S. Census Bureau report released last week that found that 72.8% of people ages 18 to 24 had health coverage in 2010, up from 70.7% in 2009 (American Health Line, 9/14). The recent poll found similar results; the uninsurance rate for U.S. residents ages 18 to 25 declined from 28% in fall 2010 to 24.2% in the second quarter of 2011, translating to about one million more young adults with health coverage (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 9/21).
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