Health Care Reform: Real Help for Real Rural People

This report documents how many Americans have used or benefited from provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It also estimates the number of rural residents and families that have used or benefited from them.

Young adults have the highest rate of uninsured of any age group. About 30 percent of young adults are uninsured, representing more than one in five of the uninsured. This rate is higher than any other age group, and is three times higher than the uninsured rate among children.

To address this issue, the Affordable Care Act allows young adults to remain on their parents’ health care plan until age 26. Due to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million additional young adults now have health insurance coverage. We have estimated that 17.6 percent of the national population up to age 26 resides in rural areas. That would result in about 440,000 additional rural young adults now having health insurance coverage.
Nationally, young adults are still the age group least likely to have health insurance. However, 18 to 24 year olds were the only age group to experience a significant increase in health insurance coverage during 2010, the most recent year for which data is available.

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