For all those out there who are ardent champions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today’s news from the Census Bureau was good news to show that parts of the ACA are actually doing what they intended. For those of you who are determined opponents of the ACA – if you have children between the ages of 19 and 26, you might want to change your tune a little bit.
One of the less well known provisions of the Affordable Care Act – at least compared to the individual mandate – was the ability for parents to continue to cover their children up to age 26 on their health insurance plans. This benefit came into effect in late 2010, and the effects are already visible.
According to the latest numbers from the US Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans without health insurance decreased between 2010 and 2011, from 16.3% to 15.7%. One could assume that the percentages dropped solely due to population growth, but the data shows that the raw number of Americans without insurance also dropped.
Btw, the group with the largest drop in uninsurance – young adults age 19-26, the second consecutive year that this age group had a 2% decreased in uninsurance.