A considerable number of health insurance leads who were once uninsured now have coverage, the results of a new poll reveals.
According to Gallup, since a portion of the new healthcare law went into effect in September of 2010, the percentage of 18- to 25-year-olds who reported being uninsured has declined from 28 percent to 24 percent. While several health insurance reforms were enacted at the time, one of the biggest ones was the rule that said parents could keep their kids on their plan until they turned 26.
Gallup attributed the decline in uninsured young adults to this portion of the healthcare law.
"The provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows children up to the age of 26 to remain on their parents' plans appears to be having an immediate effect on the number of Americans who report they have health insurance," it said. "Since it went into effect in September 2010, the percentage of 18- to 25-year-olds who report being uninsured has significantly declined by four percentage points."
Since Gallup began tracking health insurance coverage rates in 2008, 24 percent is the lowest level recorded among this age group.