One of the most popular provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that of allowing young adults to obtain healthcare through their parent’s policy until they are 26.
This week, my friend and colleague Dr. Kao-Ping Chua, a pediatrician and health policy researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, published a research article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that shows young adults report improved health and lower out-of-pocket costs after implementation of Obamacare.
"I decided to do the study because young adults have had the highest rate of uninsurance in the United States, leading to poorer health and a higher risk of catastrophic health costs," Dr. Chua said in an interview.
As an emergency physician, I am delighted to see young people take advantage of this aspect of the ACA. I also look forward to more research findings on the impact of Obamacare on health costs and outcomes.