13.7 Million Young Adults Lack Health Insurance Coverage

Friday, May 30th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The number of uninsured young adults in the United States rose to 13.7 million in 2006 — an increase from 13.3 million in 2005 — making the 19-to-29 age group one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the population without health insurance. According to a newly updated report from The Commonwealth Fund, 38 percent of high school graduates who do not attend college and 34 percent of college graduates will spend some time uninsured in the year after graduation.

  • Working young adults are much less likely than older workers to have access to health insurance through their employers. Just over half (53 percent) of 19- to 29-year-olds were eligible for coverage offered by their employers, compared with about three-quarters (74 percent) of 30- to 64-year-olds.
  • Young adults from low-income households are most at risk: 72 percent of the 13.7 million uninsured young adults live in households with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level.

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