Health Reform Insured 2.5M Young People

Coverage up among 19- to 25-year-olds, now eligible for parents' insurance
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2011 12:36 PM CST
Health Care Reform Insured 2.5M 18- to 25-Year-Olds
Chart shows percentage of adults who do not have health insurance, based on a September AP/Gallup poll.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Roughly 2.5 million people between the ages of 19 and 25 have gained health insurance since President Obama signed his health care reform bill, more than double the 1 million the White House had been expecting, according to a new administration analysis. The bump is almost entirely due to a provision in a law that allows young people to remain on their parents' coverage until age 26.

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Before the law took effect, almost 36% of 19- to 25-year-olds lacked insurance, either because they couldn't find work that offered it to them, or they passed because they didn't think they'd need it. As of the second quarter, that had fallen to 27%. The bad news? The uninsured rate climbed among people aged 26-35 over the same period, according to the AP (see second image).

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