Research :: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: How Does it Help Adolescents and Young Adults?

The health care reform law enacted in 2010 is an ambitious and complex piece of legislation. The requirements of PPACA are scheduled to be phased in over a period of several years. If successful, the law will result in an increase of 32 million additional insured individuals in the United States, many of whom will be adolescents and young adults. In addition to the expansion of health insurance coverage, the potential for young people to access comprehensive benefits, especially preventive services, is a key aspect of the new law. The law also provides for significant new protections for individuals covered by private health insurance, for extensive investments in prevention and wellness, and for measures designed to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable young people, such as those aging out of foster care and young adults living in poverty.


Access & Utilization, Affordable Care Act, Clinical Preventive Services, Policy, Young Adults


August 20, 2010


Abigail English, JD




Improvement in Preventive Care of Young Adults After ACA

This original research article, Improvement in Preventive Care of Young Adults After the Affordable Care Act: The Affordable Care Act Is Helping, by researchers in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine investigated how the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act affected young adults’ rates of insurance and receipt of preventive services. Using data […]

Access & Utilization | Affordable Care Act | Clinical Preventive Services | Journal Articles | Young Adults

NAHIC Presents at IOM Young Adult Workshop

NAHIC was represented by senior faculty Drs. Claire Brindis and Charles E. Irwin Jr. at the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council conference held in Washington, D.C. in May 2013. The focus of the workshop was “Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults.”

Affordable Care Act | Clinical Guidelines | Confidential Care | Policy | State Policy | Webinars/Presentations | Young Adults | Youth-Centered Care

Helping Young Men Thrive: Positive Youth Development and Men’s Health

This 2009 article explores Positive Youth Development for youth. Positive youth development (PYD) is a strong and growing field that complements the traditional problem-focused view of youth, and describes and promotes the healthy development and positive outcomes of young people

Developmental Science/Approach | Males | Young Adults

Health Insurance Across Vulnerable Ages: Patterns and Disparities from Adolescence to the Early 30s

his 2007 article presents an analysis of patterns of health insurance, both public and privately funded, among young people from early adolescence through their early 30s.

Access & Utilization | Journal Articles | Socio-demographic disparities | Young Adults

Adolescent and Young Adult Health: From Basic Health Status to Clinical Interventions

This 2009 chapter, written by two faculty members, focuses on the health status and clinical interventions of adolescents and young adults.

Clinical Preventive Services | Journal Articles