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Atlanta - Officials: 3.1M Young Adults In US Gain Coverage

Published on: June 19, 2012 12:32 PM
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Atlanta - U.S. health officials say the number of young adults with medical coverage grew by more than 3 million since the new health care overhaul took effect.

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The Affordable Care Act mandates that insurers allow young adults to remain on their parents’ plans until they turn 26, even if they move away from home or graduate from school. About 64 percent of adults ages 19 to 25 had insurance when the policy took effect in 2010.

Now, a national survey has found 75 percent of people in that age group have health insurance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the findings Tuesday.

The Supreme Court is considering a constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama’s law, but this provision has been popular with consumers.

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HHS report: http://aspe.hhs.gov/aspe/gaininginsurance/rb.shtml



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 Jun 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM FredE Says:

So what will happen if the Republicans win? How many people will lose coverage?

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM rationalman Says:

there are young people that gave up their company sponsored insurance to let their parents pay for their health insurance and they pocket the cost of their premium. as for the cost of including these up to age 26ers, guess what you and I are paying for it, it's not free

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:26 PM PMOinFL Says:

Look. Nobody argues that having more people with proper health insurance is a bad thing. We all agree on that. The more people with proper coverage, the less of MY tax dollars has to go to pay for the deadbeats and the lower premiums we all pay as the costs to the providers goes down (since they aren't giving 20-35% of their services away for free).

The issue is whether the government has the right to force you to buy anything at all.

From my perspective, nobody should be forced to buy anything.

HOWEVER, that also means you can't force private companies to provide services to deadbeats either and expect them to eat the cost with some small subsidy from the taxpayers.

You can't have it both ways. Either get insurance, or give a credit card at the door. If you can't do either, there are already community clinics funded by churches and other non-profits that will help you as well as you can expect for FREE.

P.S. Obviously those who are physically disabled and physically or mentally cannot work in order to care for themselves deserve our help and support and are ALWAYS worthy of a share in our hard-earned money.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
FredE Says:

So what will happen if the Republicans win? How many people will lose coverage?

When the Courts strike down Obamacare next Monday, about half of thes 3.2 million young adults will lose insurance coverage. The other half are under policies where the insurance companies have said they will continue coverage no matter what the Court decides.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM yankele Says:

D'worry, here's AP campaigning for Obama. Because in this detail it might have been a good idea. However 85% of the fine print in the health care law doesent.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM LGinsburg Says:

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rationalman Says:

there are young people that gave up their company sponsored insurance to let their parents pay for their health insurance and they pocket the cost of their premium. as for the cost of including these up to age 26ers, guess what you and I are paying for it, it's not free

In what world do you live? "young people that gave up their company sponsored insurance" - as if most entry level jobs, if the 20 year old can even get a job, offers health insurance, either free or discounted. Back here in 2012, USA, this is not the reality greeting our 19-26 year olds.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM FredE Says:

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PMOinFL Says:

Look. Nobody argues that having more people with proper health insurance is a bad thing. We all agree on that. The more people with proper coverage, the less of MY tax dollars has to go to pay for the deadbeats and the lower premiums we all pay as the costs to the providers goes down (since they aren't giving 20-35% of their services away for free).

The issue is whether the government has the right to force you to buy anything at all.

From my perspective, nobody should be forced to buy anything.

HOWEVER, that also means you can't force private companies to provide services to deadbeats either and expect them to eat the cost with some small subsidy from the taxpayers.

You can't have it both ways. Either get insurance, or give a credit card at the door. If you can't do either, there are already community clinics funded by churches and other non-profits that will help you as well as you can expect for FREE.

P.S. Obviously those who are physically disabled and physically or mentally cannot work in order to care for themselves deserve our help and support and are ALWAYS worthy of a share in our hard-earned money.

Its my impression that the insurance companies dont care much one way or the other if the Affordable Health Act survives as a whole or is struck down as a whole. Strange as that sounds, their position is that if you want them to cover millions of new people, of all ages and conditions, then thats fine as long as there is a universal mandate to bring healthy people into the system to help pay for that. Without the universal mandate, they would then be stuck with the bill. And IMHO thats a reasonable position.

So that mandate is needed because thats simply the way insurance works. Hopefully, the law as a whole will survive the court challenge, and millions of people will get care they wouldnt otherwise have gotten. (Try getting decent cancer care without insurance).

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 02:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
FredE Says:

So what will happen if the Republicans win? How many people will lose coverage?

People may lose coverage but your premiums will go down too

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 03:42 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

People may lose coverage but your premiums will go down too

And how many people will die as you save a few bucks?

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

People may lose coverage but your premiums will go down too

Premiums never ever go down. Not in health insurance, not in car insurance, not in home insurance, not ever. The best that could happen is that your premiums don't go up for a period of time. And I say this having worked in the industry for many years.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 09:28 PM ASimpleJew Says:

3.1 million gained coverage and who is paying for these additional souls? Do I need to answer that?

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 Jun 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM FredE Says:

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ASimpleJew Says:

3.1 million gained coverage and who is paying for these additional souls? Do I need to answer that?

Not sure. Could just be that the insurance companies are absorbing at least part of it for the time being. But all good things costs money. The question is, is it worth it? I would argue that it is.

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 Jun 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
PMOinFL Says:

Look. Nobody argues that having more people with proper health insurance is a bad thing. We all agree on that. The more people with proper coverage, the less of MY tax dollars has to go to pay for the deadbeats and the lower premiums we all pay as the costs to the providers goes down (since they aren't giving 20-35% of their services away for free).

The issue is whether the government has the right to force you to buy anything at all.

From my perspective, nobody should be forced to buy anything.

HOWEVER, that also means you can't force private companies to provide services to deadbeats either and expect them to eat the cost with some small subsidy from the taxpayers.

You can't have it both ways. Either get insurance, or give a credit card at the door. If you can't do either, there are already community clinics funded by churches and other non-profits that will help you as well as you can expect for FREE.

P.S. Obviously those who are physically disabled and physically or mentally cannot work in order to care for themselves deserve our help and support and are ALWAYS worthy of a share in our hard-earned money.

How about car insurance and when you are admitted to a hospital with an MI maybe the physicians you give you the last ointment instead a bypass

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