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Healthcare reform covers millions of young people

 

 
Affordable Care Act allows parents to insure children through age 26
 

 

 

By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

 

Starting at age 18, young adults are more likely than older adults to lack health insurance coverage, and men are more likely than women to lack health insurance as well. “These are persons who graduate from high school or [are] attending college,” says U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. However, since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010, parents now are able to keep their children on their health policies until they turn age 26. “Young adults were twice more likely not to have health insurance than older adults before this law was passed [in 2010],” noted Sebelius. According to HealthCare.gov, a federal government website managed by the HHS, an estimated 16,000 young adults in Minnesota now have health coverage because of the new provision that came into effect in September 2010. Continue Reading →

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