I am pleased to announce that earlier this week, new data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the Affordable Care Act has helped one million additional young adults attain health insurance. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) shows that in the first quarter of 2011, the percentage of adults between the ages of 19 and 25 with health insurance increased by 3.5 percentage points, representing approximately 1 million additional young adults with insurance coverage compared to a year ago.
The Affordable Care Act is already improving the lives of American families. Thanks to this historic health care reform legislation, we are moving closer to making quality, affordable health care a right for every American. This legislation has put Americans and their families, not the health insurance companies, back in charge of their health care. The Affordable Care Act ends the denial of coverage for patients who have a pre-existing condition, allows most young adults to remain on their parents' health plan until age 26, and prohibits insurers from dropping people from coverage when they get sick.
I will continue to fight to protect and maintain these life-saving provisions that increase accessibility to health care for all Americans. During this time of historic change, the Affordable Care Act will continue to improve the quality of life for many Americans, and make the United States a better and healthier place for future generations.
JOE BACA, Congressman
43rd Congressional District