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At Least 600,000 Young Adults Join Parents' Health Plans

Hundreds of thousands of young adults are making the most of a provision in the healthcare law that permits people under 26 to stay on...
May 3, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of young adults are making the most of a provision in the healthcare law that permits people under 26 to stay on their parents' health plans, some of the country's biggest insurance companies are reporting. WellPoint, the country's largest publicly traded health insurer with 34 million insureds, said the dependent provision was responsible for an influx of 280,000 new members. Other large insurers said they have added tens of thousands of young adults. Aetna, for instance, added just under 100,000; Kaiser Permanente, around 90,000; Highmark Inc., about 72,000; and Health Care Service Corp., around 82,000.

The Health and Human Services Department has estimated that about 1.2 million young adults would sign up for coverage in 2011. The early numbers from insurers show it could be much higher, said Aaron Smith, executive director of the Young Invincibles, a Washington-based nonprofit group that advocates for young adults.

Read how young adults get healthcare in 600,000 Young Adults Join Parents' Health Plans (Kaiser Health News 5/1/11)

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