Affordable Care Act
Young adults are key stakeholders of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will benefit from the opportunities created by healthcare reform. Young adults in California have the highest rate of uninsurance of any age group. In 2009, over 40% of Californians ages 18-26 were uninsured for all or part of the year. The ACA has the potential to change this through the extension of Medi-Cal and dependent coverage, the Health Benefit Exchange and increased employer-based coverage. Among the 1.6 million uninsured young adults in the state, 50% will be newly eligible for Medi-Cal and 40% will be eligible for Health Benefit Exchange plans. Open enrollment for the Health Benefit Exchange is from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
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