A new rule in the healthcare reform has made it possible for many young Americans to maintain their coverage under their parents’ plans, which will allow an additional 2.5 million people who are 25 years old or younger to be insured.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an increase in the percentage of insured individuals between the ages of 19 and 25 from 64 percent in June 2010 to 73 percent in September 2010. This rise is credited to the coverage provision of the healthcare overhaul, which was passed in March 2010 and went into effect six months later.
According to a statement from Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million more young adults don’t have to live with the fear and uncertainty of going without health insurance.”
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The increased coverage that is being provided by this regulation is being used by the Obama administration to demonstrate the type of benefits that Americans can expect from the overhaul.
The Menlo Park, California-based nonprofit group, the Kaiser Family Foundation, does a survey of people in the United States every month on the topic of the law, and stated that its November poll results showed that 37 percent are in favor of the changes, while 44 percent don’t see the changes favorably.
Data previously released by the CDC has shown that there may have only been 1 million young adults affected by the new coverage extension provision.