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STATEMENT: The Affordable Care Act Helped 2.5 Million Young Adults Get Health Insurance

STATEMENT: New data shows that the Affordable Care Act helped 2.5 million young adults get health insurance

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing that 2.5 million young adults have gained access to health insurance thanks to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26. Tobin Van Ostern, Communications Manager for Campus Progress, the youth arm of Center for American Progress, released the following statement:

“The fact that 2.5 million young adults have gained access to health care insurance is further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is working. As young adults pursue financial independence, they face significant challenges ranging from mounting student loan debt to employment that may not provide sufficient health insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the millions of newly insured young adults can now have confidence that they won't go into deep debt if they get sick or injured.”


Source: CDC/NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2009-2011, Family Core component. 
Based on data prepared by Robin A. Cohen and Michael E. Martinez of the
Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on Campus Progress’s work and coverage on health care, please click here.

To speak to Campus Progress health care experts, please contact Tobin Van Ostern at (202)481-8144 or

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