U.S. healthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act supported and authorized by President Barack Obama in 2010 keeps young adults insured. The biggest U.S. health reform in 50 years aims to make medical insurance available to over 30 million Americans. In September, the law has allowed children through age 26 to join or remain covered under their parents’ health coverage. This announcement made on Wednesday means insurance for 2.5 million children, up from 1 million that was announced earlier this year. It is also likely the only accepted aspect of the highly debated law.
The number increased after the May and June graduation of young adults who would have lost coverage before the health reform. The age group used to represent the highest number of uninsured. Now, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention survey said only a narrow margin divides 26 to 35-year-olds. Since the September 2010 approval of the policy for young adults, coverage for 19 to 25-year olds rose from 64% to 73% in June, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. During that time, insurance rate of persons 26 to 35 years old remained at 72%. Today, 2.5 million young Americans who used to go without insurance are no longer living with that fear, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The first quarter of 2011 showed 1 million more coverage for young adults, said Federal officials. The U.S. Census Bureau said that almost half a million 18 to 24-year olds received health insurance coverage in 2010. The Affordable Care Act, called “Obamacare” by some, has been assailed by some Republican presidential nomination runners and some states. They said it represents a pushy government aiming to raise taxes and trouble businesses with new directives hence they seek to abolish the legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take a look and study the reforms.