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




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Policy | Reports | Social Determinants of Health | State Policy | Substance Use | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs with Smartphones? (NY Times)

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Risky Behavior | Substance Use | Trends | Young Adults

Investing in Clinical Preventive Health Services for Adolescents

This 2001 document defines clinical preventive services for adolescents, presents professional recommendations, and examines the rationale for providing a comprehensive set of clinical preventive services to teens.

Clinical Guidelines | Clinical Preventive Services | Guidelines/Recommendations

The Health Status of Young Adults in the U.S.

This 2006 article synthesizes national data to present a health profile of young adults, reviewing social indicators that describe the context of young adulthood and presenting measures of health status.

Access & Utilization | Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Young Adults

The Association of BMI Status With Adolescent Preventive Screening

This recent study by NAHIC staff investigated whether providers target adolescent preventive screening on the basis of BMI status, with a focus on overweight adolescents, given recent guidelines.

Clinical Preventive Services | Overweight | State Policy