Benefits For Young people

2.5 million: Number of young people who have been able to stay on their parents’ health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act

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Here’s what you need to know

Before the affordable care act

Young people were the most likely group to be uninsured.

You could be dropped from your parents’ insurance plan as soon as you turned 18, or when you graduated from college.

Many people had to pay out of pocket for the basic preventive services they needed to stay healthy.


Young people can stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26—helping them continue to have access to health care as they start their careers and making sure those with pre-existing conditions don’t lose their coverage.

The new law requires insurance companies to provide many preventive services free of charge, like:


  • Checkups
  • Flu shots
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol checks


  • Well-woman visits
  • HPV vaccines
  • Birth control

In 2014

Many young people will be eligible for tax credits and discounts to make private insurance more affordable.