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Doctors Applaud New Study: Insured Young Adults Get More Consistent Care


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Suggests significant health benefits for 2.5 million newly insured young adults

WASHINGTON, DC - Doctors for America is celebrating a new study that suggests the Affordable Care Act is not only helping millions of young adults get insured - but that insurance means those young adults are more likely to get the health care they need.

The study by Dr. Alex Blum from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City was published in Pediatrics.  It looked at three states that expanded coverage to young adults prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and shows that compared to 17 states without such laws, those in states with laws were more likely to have a regular doctor and get the care they need.

"We are encouraged that young adults at the beginning of their careers will be more likely to protect their own health thanks to the Affordable Care Act - especially since insurance will be required to cover essential preventive services like annual checkups," said Carol Duh, medical student and board member of Doctors for America. "Many of my peers are now covered thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  It makes a big difference for those of us who are just starting our careers."

The Affordable Care Act has already helped 2.5 million young adults get insured. This study suggests that these young adults will not only gain insurance, but many more move from less to more generous insurance policies that allow them to have their own doctor, get regular check ups, and no longer go without needed care due to cost.

Read the study in Pediatrics<http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/02/08/peds.2011-1505.abstract>.

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