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Census Numbers Show Drop in Rate of Young Uninsured Americans

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2012
Rae Roca


Census Numbers Show Drop in Rate of Young Uninsured Americans
ACA Provision Fuels Increase in Insurance Coverage

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Data released today by the United States Census Bureau shows a decrease in rate of uninsured young Americans fueled by the provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that extends dependent coverage to age 26.

The Census Bureau estimates that the uninsurance rate for young Americans between the ages of 19 and 25 dropped by 2.2 percent from 2010 to 2011. The uninsurance rate for this age group has fallen by 3.7 percent since 2009, before the provision was enacted.

“Today’s numbers show exactly how young Americans are benefiting from the ACA. The ability to join a parent’s health plan has allowed millions of young adults up to age 26 to gain quality, affordable coverage,” said Rory O’Sullivan, Policy Director for Young Invincibles.  “We expect further improvements and dramatic drops in uninsurance rates among young adults as the Affordable Care Act takes full effect in 2014.”

The ability to join their parent’s plan is one of several ACA provisions already increasing young adult’s access to quality coverage. This fall, student health insurance plans will, for the first time, meet the same basic federal protections ensured by all plans under the ACA, improving coverage for millions of students.  For example, student health insurance will now cover preventive care and birth control with no co-pays and no coinsurance.


Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for all young Americans between 18 and 34 years of age.