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Dec 15, 2011

HHS Announces Increase In Young Adults With Health Insurance


Category:PPACA 
Posted by: Neal Stehly

ABC World News (12/14, story 4, 0:20, Sawyer) reported, "And there was an announcement from the White House today about the President's healthcare reform. The government said 2.5 million young adults who were uninsured now have received health insurance because of that law, which allows children to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26."

        The CBS Evening News (12/14, story 5, 2:30, Pelley) reported, "Patient rights advocates like Ron Pollack of the nonprofit group Families USA call this an accomplishment because young adults will 19-25, are the most likely not to have health insurance." Ron Pollack, Families USA: "This is a benefit for those people who are struggling to find a job or who are in an entry-level job and they can't pay for health insurance and now they have the ability to stay on their parents' policy until their 26th birthday."

        The Wall Street Journal (12/15, Radnofsky, Subscription Publication) quotes HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who said, "It shows what a big difference this law is already making in Americans' lives." According to Sebelius, without the option for additional coverage, insurance was a major factor in young adults' career decisions, while others were "a car accident or a surprise diagnosis away from a lifetime of medical debt or worse." The AP (12/15) also quotes Sebelius as saying, "Many of them gained coverage earlier this spring, meaning the law was there for young people as they graduated from college or high school and began their careers."

        USA Today (12/15, Kennedy) reports that according to HHS assistant secretary for planning and evaluation Sherry Glied, "the rise in coverage for younger adults came as those between the ages of 26 and 35 remained the same," which "shows it's 'very clear' the increase for those 19 to 25 is because of the new law." Meanwhile, Glied said that "there was no increase in Medicaid coverage for adults ages 19 to 25, which means the increase in overall coverage was driven by private insurance."

        The Los Angeles Times (12/15, Levey) reports, "Facing persistent public skepticism, the administration has been trying to highlight early benefits of the law such as the young adults coverage and the expansion of aid to seniors who hit the coverage gap in Medicare's drug benefit known as the doughnut hole."

        Also reporting this story are the Washington Times (12/15, Cunningham) "Inside Politics" blog, NPR (12/15, Rovner) "Shots" blog, CQ (12/15, Norman, Subscription Publication), Bloomberg News (12/15, Wayne), The Hill (12/15, Pecquet) "Healthwatch" blog, Modern Healthcare (12/15, Daly, Subscription Publication), Politico (12/15, Mak), and Reuters (12/15, Pierson, Selyukh). 

 

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