Young and Vulnerable: The Growing Problem of Uninsured Young Adults and How New Policies Can Help

Source: Sara R. Collins, Hearing on “Health Insurance Options for Young Adults,” Invited Testimony, New York City Council, Committee on Health, April 23, 2009

Adults ages 19 to 29 are among the largest and fastest growing segment of the population without health insurance in the United States. There were 13.2 million uninsured young adults nationwide in 2007, according to the latest available Census data. There are an estimated 750,000 uninsured young adults in the state of New York out of approximately 2.6 million uninsured residents under age 65. Young adults are disproportionately represented among people who lack health insurance, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the 45 million uninsured people under age 65, even though they comprise just 15 percent of the population.

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