Today, Reps. Pete Stark (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Committee, highlighted a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 2.5 million young adults now have health coverage thanks to health reform. A provision in the law allows young adults to obtain coverage on their parent's health insurance plan until their 26th birthday. The number of insured 19 - 25 year olds grew significantly -- from 900,000 when this number was last reported in September to the 2.5 million covered today. The policy went into effect in September 2010.
Rep. Stark: "In just over a year, 2.5 million young adults are taking advantage of the opportunity to get health coverage on a parent's plan. If that's not a reflection of health reform meeting an urgent need I don't know what is. This is only one example of the many consumer benefits that will continue to be rolled out as the law is implemented. That is why I'll continue to fight the out-of-touch Republican call for repeal."
Rep. Levin: "This is further proof that the new health law is benefiting American families, ensuring that millions of young adults aren't without critical health coverage. Many of the 2.5 million young adults who have gained coverage under the new law would be uninsured if Republican repeal attempts hadn't failed. I will continue to fight those repeal attempts at every turn so that Americans have access to affordable and quality health care, now and in the future."