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Before the Affordable Care Act, health plans could remove enrolled children usually at age 19, sometimes older for full-time students. Now, most health plans that cover children must make coverage available to young adults up to age 26. Parents just need to enroll their children in the appropriate open enrollment period. This gives young adults the flexibility to look for jobs and pursue the higher education of their choice.
Before reform passed, too many young adults struggled to get the care they need:
- 42% of young adults either lost or switched coverage once they graduated from school – 46% of which were uninsured for two or more years.
- 76% of young adults who were uninsured reported not getting needed care because they couldn’t afford it.
- 11.3 million young adults, both uninsured and insured, who were surveyed said they were paying off medical bills.
The Affordable Care Act will help 1.2 million young adults remain on their parent’s health insurance plan and drive down costs for all Americans.