Health reform leads to drop in uninsured young adults: Gallup

By Lauren McNitt ProWEB Wire (Industry News)

The number of young adults lacking health coverage has dropped significantly since last fall, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The provision of the health care reform law allowing young adults to stay on their parents health plans for longer has resulted in about 1 million additional young adults with health coverage. The survey found the percentage of uninsured adults ages 18-25 dropped from 28 percent last fall to 24.2 percent in the second quarter of this year.

The weak economy has led to a rising number of adults without health coverage. The 18-25 age group is the only group among adults that experienced a drop in uninsured individuals. However, young adults are still more likely to be uninsured than any other age group.

The health care reform law allows young adults to remain on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26.

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