FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2012
Contact: HHS Press Office
Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius remind graduating students of new health coverage options under health care law
Secretaries reach out to college presidents, student associations; outreach tools available at www.HealthCare.gov
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are reaching out to campus leaders to remind graduating high school, college and university seniors about their new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act – the health care law.
Because of the new law, many young adults will be eligible to remain on their parent’s health plan until their 26th birthday. The Secretaries sent letters to college and university presidents as well as student associations encouraging them to spread that information to college students.
“The Affordable Care Act now gives students and their families peace of mind about their health insurance,” said Secretary Sebelius. “The President's health law gives hard-working, middle-class families the security they deserve.”
In the past, many young adults were removed from their parent’s health plan when they graduated from college or high school. Previously, young adults were about twice as likely as older adults to lose private health coverage due to aging out of coverage. However, because of the health care law, 2.5 million more young adults have gained health coverage since September 2010.
"By partnering with school leaders, we hope more young Americans are aware of their options so they can access the care they need to stay healthy,” said Secretary Duncan. “Many graduates are focusing on paying back student loans in a tough economy – they don’t need to take on the cost of high medical bills, too.”
The letter outlined ways university officials and student leaders can reach out to graduating students including:
The letter can be found at http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/letters/young-adults05212012a.html and http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/letters/young-adults05212012a.pdf.
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Last revised: May 21, 2012