Young adults gaining insurance faster than expected under health reform

A story in the New York Times describes the results of new surveys that show an increase in health care insurance among young adults under 26, formerly the group with the highest rate of uninsurance.

“Three new surveys, including two released on Wednesday, show that adults under 26 made significant and unique gains in insurance coverage in 2010 and the first half of 2011. One of them, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that in the first quarter of 2011 there were 900,000 fewer uninsured adults in the 19-to-25 age bracket than in 2010.

Last week, the Census Bureau reported that the share of young adults without health insurance dropped in 2010 by 2 percentage points, to 27.2 percent. That decline meant that 502,000 fewer 18-to-24-year-olds were uninsured.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a separate survey showing that the trend may have accelerated in the first quarter of 2011. The National Health Interview Survey, which differs in methodology from the Census count, estimates that 900,000 fewer adults ages 19 to 25 were uninsured in the first quarter of this year than in 2010. Also released Wednesday, a Gallup survey found similar rates in the second quarter of 2011.”

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