POLL: Should Law Require Health Care Coverage for Young Adults?
Some top insurers plan to keep the provision no matter the outcome of the Affordable Health Care Act, but it's unclear if the GOP would mandate it in any version of the law it puts forward.
One of the first provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act to take effect was mandatory coverage for young adults, through age 25. Insurers are required to offer coverage through parents’ plans to those adult children, and an estimated 13.7 million of them are on those programs.
The Supreme Court in late June upheld the entire controversial act by a 5-4 vote, but the battle is by no means over. GOP lawmakers still hope to repeal the measure by gaining a Senate majority in November, with Wisconsin one of the key states in that effort.
But a Huffington Post story last week noted that while the GOP remains firmly against the Affordable Health Care Act, that provision for young adults has broader support. Many lawmakers have children who could or do take advantage of the coverage, and some said they would support it in any bill their party puts forward. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that three major insurers would agree to extend that coverage to young adults with or without a law.
Should this provision be mandated by law or should the market be allowed to determine whether uninsured young adults can receive this coverage? Vote in our poll and tell us more in the comments.