Young Adults Fastest Growing Uninsured Segment

The Commonwealth Fund today reported that young adults are one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population without health insurance. Nearly 14 million lacked coverage in 2004, an increase of 2.5 million since 2000.

Read the Commonwealth Fund issue brief.

The study reports that young adults often lose coverage under their parents' policies, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at age 19, or when they graduate from high school or college. It recommends three policy changes to reverse the situation:

  1. Extending eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP beyond age 18;
  2. Extending eligibility for dependents under private coverage beyond age 18 or 19 regardless of student status; and
  3. Ensuring that colleges and universities require full- and part-time students to have insurance, and that they offer coverage to both.
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Published in: on May 24, 2006 at 9:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

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