The Impact of PPACA on Employment-Based Health Coverage of Adult Children to Age 26

Source: Paul Fronstin, Employee Benefit Research Institute, EBRI Notes, Vol. 33, No. 1, January 2012

From the press release:
The new federal insurance law has increased the health insurance coverage of adult children between 2009 and 2011…

…To determine whether the coverage mandate had an effect, EBRI examined data from two U.S. Census Bureau surveys (the Current Population Survey, CPS, and the Survey of Income and Program
Participation, or SIPP), as well as from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) by the Centers for Disease Control.

The data indicated:
– The percentage of persons ages 19‒ 25 with employment-based coverage as a dependent increased from 24.7 percent in 2009 to 27.7 percent in 2010, according to the CPS.
– The percentage of individuals ages 19‒ 25 with employment-based health coverage as a dependent averaged 26.9 percent during January ‒ September 2010, and increased to an average 27.1 percent during October and November, per SIPP.
– The percentage with private insurance increased from 51 percent to 55.8 percent, and the percentage uninsured fell from 33.9 percent during 2010 to 28.8 percent during the first half of 2011 among those ages 19 ‒ 25, according to data from the NHIS.

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