Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: CAP President Neera Tanden on 2.5 Million Young Adults Gaining Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP President Neera Tanden on 2.5 Million Young Adults Gaining Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act

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  • Katie Peters

Washington, D.C. — Today the Centers for Disease Control released new data showing that 2.5 million young adults have gained access to health insurance thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26. Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden released the following statement:

The data released today is further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is working. In fact, young adult coverage is working even better than expected. Because of the law, many more young adults have gained access to preventive care and life-saving treatment. Young adults are the group least likely to have health insurance coverage. And while most young people are in good health, everyone deserves the peace of mind that comes with knowing that a serious illness or accident will not cause financial catastrophe. To repeal the Affordable Care Act—either in Congress or the courts—would be to snatch away this coverage that provides economic security to millions of American families, which would be both cruel and intolerable.

The following experts from the Center for American Progress are available for comment:

  • Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Topher Spiro, Managing Director for Health Policy, Center for American Progress

To speak with CAP experts, please contact Katie Peters at 202.741.6285 or kpeters1@americanprogress.org.