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Health Insurance Coverage of Young Adults Aged 19 to 25: 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Historically, young adults have been a group with one of the highest uninsured rates. Although individual states had enacted laws that allowed adult children in various circumstances to be dependents on their parents’ private family health plans, only in 2010 was there a standardized national law that allowed all adult children under the age of 26 to be covered. Because the change in law occurred mid-year, this report examines the coverage of young adults aged 19 to 25 in the 2 years before the change (2008 and 2009) and in the year after the change (2011). To gain a perspective on what was happening to a similar group of people, the report uses adults aged 26 to 29, who did not have access to their parents’ policies, as a comparison group.