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June 03, 2008

Health Insurance Lacking Among Young Adults in California

When it comes to health insurance, the 19th birthday is a milestone. Young adults are usually dropped from their parents' insurance unless they go to college full time.

Researchers from the Commonwealth Fund have reported that the number of uninsured young adults climbed to 13.7 million in 2006, an increase of 400,000 from the previous year.

They also found that 38 percent of high school graduates who don't attend college and 34 percent of college graduates go without health insurance during the year after graduation.

Young adults typically work low-paying jobs where employers are less likely to offer them coverage.

Researchers said health insurance is especially important for young adults because they have a high rate of pregnancy, serious injuries, and HIV diagnoses.

To help combat this lack of insurance coverage, 20 states have passed legislation that extends family private insurance coverage for young adults into their 20s.

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Posted by healthinsurance at June 3, 2008 09:34 PM