The New Health Reform Law and Young Adults

Young adults have some of the highest uninsurance rates in America. In 2008, three in 10 uninsured Americans – almost 14 million people – were between 19 and 29 years of age. The new health reform law requires insurers to allow dependent children to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26. But many questions remain, such as who qualifies as a dependent? What does the Massachusetts reform experience teach us about insuring young adults? This May 24 briefing, cosponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund, addressed these and related questions.

For more information, please visit the Alliance’s event page.

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Speakers for this session:

The panel moderated by Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform.


Speakers include:

  • Roland McDevitt, head of the health research group at the consulting firm Towers Watson
  • Sara Collins, vice president of the Affordable Health Insurance Program of The Commonwealth Fund
  • Kaitlyn Kenney, director of policy at the Massachusetts Health Connector


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