More young adults have health coverage

adult insuranceThe percentage of young adults covered by health insurance has gone up since September 2010, after one provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kicked in, allowing moms and dads to keep dependent children 25 and younger on their plan.

Many of those newly covered had been uninsured or had a gap in their coverage within the last year, according to a report from National Center for Health Statistics.

The report tracked trends in health coverage among young adults from 2008 through 2012.

About the study

Researchers analyzed data from the 2008–2013 National Health Interview Survey, in which thousands of people were interviewed at home about health issues, including insurance. The analysis involved 42,507 adults ages 19 to 25.

Among the study’s findings:

  • The number of young adults covered by private health insurance dropped from about 58 percent to 52 percent between 2008 and 2010, but then it rose to about 58 percent again by the end of 2012.
  • The number of young adults who were covered by a parent’s private insurance plan rose by 14 percent between 2010 and 2012, from about 59 percent to nearly 73 percent.
  • The number of young adults who had coverage in their own name fell from nearly 41 percent in 2010 to about 27 percent in 2012, suggesting that many moved from a more expensive personal plan to coverage under their parents’ plan.
  • At the end of 2010, nearly 10 percent of young adults reported a gap in health coverage within the last year. That dropped to less than 7 percent by the end of 2012.

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