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Since President Obama’s health care reform bill passed in 2010, nearly 6.6 million people in the U.S. have joined their parents’ health insurance, according to the non-profit health researcher Commonwealth Fund. About 13.7 million young adults are covered under their parents overall.
Obama’s bill allowed anyone under the age of 26 to be covered under his or her parents’ insurance. Previously, young adults, or anyone who is 19-25, had the highest uninsured rate in the country.
Most of the young adults were not covered because they had already graduated college and did not have any health insurance. Students are usually allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance through their schooling with most insurance plans.
The report, which was released Friday, also said that many other problems still remained for this group of people, including medical bills and debt. 36% of people aged 19-29 still had massive amounts of debt and bills despite their coverage.
The Commonwealth Fund found that young people have the highest rate of visits to the emergency room, even above elderly people and young children. This group is also more likely to have HIV or HPV when seeking treatment in the ER.