Study: Extending Coverage To Young People Improves Health Outcomes

A new study to be published in the March issue of Pediatrics finds that young people have “greater rates of insurance, were more likely to identify a personal physician and receive a physical exam and were less likely to forgo care due to cost,” in states that allow those up to age 26 to join their parents’ policies. “These research findings will inform our understanding of what to expect from the federal health reform provision that allows those up to age 26 to join their parents’ policy,” said Alex Blum, lead author of the study. “Our results predict that many more young people will have a personal doctor and regular checkups, and no longer have to go without care due to cost. These are critical components to provide health security to young people just when they are starting out on their own.” The Obama administration reports that at least 2.5 million younger Americans now have health insurance as a result of the provision, which is already in effect.