Thanks to healthcare reform, millions of young people who previously were uninsured now have health insurance, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that since several portions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect in September 2010, the percentage of young adults insured rose significantly, as 2.5 million more people now have health coverage.
"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million more young adults don't have to live with the fear and uncertainty of going without health insurance," said Sebelius. "Moms and dads around the country can breathe a little easier knowing their children are covered."
By law, young adults have the option of staying on their parents' insurance plans through the age of 26.
It may be a good idea for insurance agents to inquire with their insurance leads about whether they have any older children who are financially dependent on them, as once they turn 27, they will no longer be insured.