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Medical News & Perspectives
July 14, 2010

Health Reforms Called a “Graduation Gift” for Young Adults Who Lack Insurance

JAMA. 2010;304(2):147. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.883

Several provisions in the health care reform legislation that Congress passed in March are likely to improve uninsured young adults' access to health care while helping them launch careers and independent lives with fewer fears of medical debt.

A recent report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports health policy and health system reform research, shows that 13.7 million young adults aged 19 to 29 years are uninsured, comprising about 30% of the estimated 46 million individuals without coverage. Sara Collins, PhD, a vice president at the Fund and lead author of the report, said the number of uninsured young adults has increased every year since 2003, when the Fund published its first report on young adults' health insurance status.