America's graduation gift is health care for Moms, Dads AND Grads
Until now, high school and college graduation has meant gaining a diploma but losing your health insurance for millions of young people.
- There are 13.2 million young adults between the ages of 19-29 without health insurance.
- Nearly two in five (38%) high school grads who do not go to college lose their health coverage.
- Even for those who go to college full-time, only 48% of students ages 19-23 stay covered on their parents' plans.*
- One third of college students are uninsured during their first year after graduation.
But not any more!
Starting on September 26, 2010, the new health reform law requires insurance companies to provide the option of keeping young people covered until age 26.
That means a brighter future for millions of young people and less worry for their parents!
* Data from "Rite of Passage?" Issue Brief, The Commonwealth Fund, August 2009