President Barack Obama calls into Houston’s Madd Hatta Morning Show to talk about the importance of the Affordable Care Act among family and young adults. The city of Houston has the highest number of people without health insurance in the country and with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act most families and young adults will have access to doctors and hospitals for under $100 a month.
Additional facts on the Affordable Care Act and young adults:
The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26. Before the President signed this landmark Act into law, many health plans and issuers could and did in fact remove young adults from their parents’ policies because of their age, leaving many college graduates and others with no insurance. This helps to explain problems like:
Young adults have the highest rate of uninsured of any age group. About 30% of young adults are uninsured, representing more than one in five of the uninsured. This rate is higher than any other age group, and is three times higher than the uninsured rate among children.
Young adults have the lowest rate of access to employer-based insurance. As young adults transition into the job market, they often have entry-level jobs, part-time jobs, or jobs in small businesses, and other employment that typically comes without employer-sponsored health insurance. The uninsured rate among employed young adults is one-third higher than older employed adults.
Young adults’ health and finances are at risk. Contrary to the myth that young people don’t need health insurance, one in six young adults has a chronic illness like cancer, diabetes or asthma. Nearly half of uninsured young adults report problems paying medical bills.
For more information of the Affordable Care Act or to sign up for health insurance, please visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/
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