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2.5 Million Young Adults Gain Health Insurance

The National Center for Health Statistics found that due to the dependent coverage provision in the ACA, the number of young adults (ages 19-26) with health insurance increased from 64% to 73%, or an increase of 2.5 million. This figure is significantly greater than the one million estimated by the HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Coverage rates for adults ages 26-35 remained stable, and the coverage gain for 19-25 year olds was entirely due to private coverage; there was no change in Medicaid coverage during this period. This very clearly suggests that the increase in insurance was due to the ACA’s dependent coverage provision.

Read more about the results here.

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