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6.6 Million Young Adults Gain Health Insurance

A survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, found that due to the dependent coverage provision in the ACA, the number of young adults (ages 19-26) with health insurance increased to 6.6 million. This figure is significantly greater than the 2.5 million estimated by the National Center for Health Statistics and the 1 million estimated by the HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

California state law stipulates that this provision must remain in effect, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, expected to be announced by the end of this month. This survey suggests that the repealing of the law would have a significant effect on the many young adults trying to obtain health coverage and struggling to pay medical bills.

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