Congressman Charles Rangel announced that new data released today from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that the Affordable Care Act has already helped 2.5 million additional young adults to get health insurance.
"The Affordable Care Act continues to better the lives of millions of Americans," Rangel said. "America's young adults have been forced to face these harsh economic conditions at no fault of their own and it is necessary that in times like these they stay strong with affordable healthcare."
Because of the Affordable Care Act, young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance plans until their 26th birthday. This policy took effect in September 2010. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that since September 2010, the percentage of adults aged 19-25 covered by a private insurance plan has increased significantly, with approximately 2.5 million more young adults with insurance coverage compared to the number of young adults who would have been insured without the law.
The Affordable Care Act includes a Patient's Bill of Rights -- that, in addition to allowing young adults to remain on their parents' health plan until age 26, also prohibits insurers from dropping people from coverage when they get sick, placing lifetime limits on coverage, and denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. All of these reforms are already helping American families today.
Added Rangel: "The Affordable Care Act not only improves the lives of our young, but insures that their children and future generations of Americans will continue to have quality affordable health care."