The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has allowed thousands of young adults to get necessary emergency department care with health coverage from their parents’ insurance policies.
In September 2010, an ACA provision enabled young adults up to age 26 years to retain coverage through their parents’ health plans. To gauge the effect on emergency care, researchers examined more than 480 000 emergency medical records from 392 hospitals from 2008 through 2011. The investigators estimated that during a 1-year period, expanded coverage led to about 22 000 emergency department visits by newly insured young adults, with $147 million in costs covered by private insurance.
From JAMA’s Daily News Site. JAMA. 2013;310(6):571. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.135640