Affordable Care Act saves young adults millions in emergency room care

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Posted May 31, 2013

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 3.1 million previously uninsured young adults have health coverage through their parents’ plans.  The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a first look at how health insurance coverage is protecting young adults and their families from the costs of a serious medical emergency.

3.1 Million young adults now insured + 22 Thousand ER visits covered in 2011 = $147 Million in benefits -- costs saved by families and hospitals thanks to the Health LawAccording to the study, newly insured young adults made over 22,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms in 2011, at a cost to health insurance plans of $147 million.  That’s nearly $7,000 per visit that those young adults and their families would have paid out of pocket, or that would have been shouldered by hospitals, charities, and other health care consumers through uncompensated care.

This is just one more way the health care law is protecting families from the financial damages of a serious illness or injury.  Starting October 1, 2013 consumers will be able to enroll in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, where they can shop for and compare insurance options. Visit to get all the information you’ll need to get ready for open enrollment.

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Learn more about coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act.