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How Will Health Reform Impact Young Adults?

Adults ages 19 to 29 have the highest uninsured rate of any age group in the United States. The 13.7 million uninsured people in this age group comprise nearly a third of the overall uninsured population.  Most provisions in health reform do not specifically target young adults, but because of their high uninsured rate they will be one of the groups that is most affected by the new law. This paper explains the key ways in which the new law will impact young adults, and provides a brief overview of current health coverage for this population.

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