A new poll shows that the number of young Americans without health insurance is on the decline—thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows those under age 26 to remain on their parents' insurance plans.
One in four 18- to 25-year-olds is uninsured—compared to 28 percent who were uninsured in the third quarter of 2010. It's nearly the lowest rate of uninsured youth that Gallup has measured at any point since the polling firm began tracking health insurance coverage.
Before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law last year, young adults routinely lost their insurance coverage when they turned 18 or finished high school. Health reform allows them to focus on their careers or pursue advanced education without having to worry about what happens if they get sick or injured.
Gallup sums up the significance: "The provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows children up to the age of 26 to remain on their parents' plans appears to be having an immediate effect on the number of Americans who report they have health insurance. Since it went into effect in September 2010, the percentage of 18- to 25-year-olds who report being uninsured has significantly declined by four percentage points."
Find out more at Gallup's site.