This week, HHS released new data revealing that one million more young adults between the ages of 19 and 25 now have health insurance thanks largely to 2010’s health reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Health reform was a hard fought victory for millions of Americans, including nearly eight million African Americans (almost one in five) who are uninsured or underinsured, and living one accident or illness away from financial ruin. Under the Affordable Care Act, most children can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26. With conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity disproportionally affecting African Americans, the Affordable Care Act allows young adults in our communities to keep themselves insured and stay healthier as they get on their feet as adults and enter the workforce.
The Affordable Care Act is expanding health care options for millions of children and young adults across the country.