Research :: Implementing the Affordable Care Act: How Much Will It Help Vulnerable Adolescents and Young Adults?


NAHIC and the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (CAHL) have partnered to examine the Affordable Care Act’s impact on three special populations of adolescents and young adults: homeless youth, foster youth, and those in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems.

These groups, with higher rates of morbidity than the general adolescent and young adult populations, face special challenges in accessing health care and services. This policy brief examined issues in their access to care as implementation of the Affordable Care Act proceeds. A short fact-sheet summarizing the brief is also available. The infographic below highlights the main points of the brief.

Vulnerable Populations Short FINAL (1)


Adolescents, Disparities, Health Care, Health Insurance, Medicaid, Policy, Special Populations, Young Adults


January 13, 2014




Use of Mental Health Counseling as Adolescents Become Young Adults

This 2008 article uses AddHealth data to compare rates of mental health counseling use between adolescents and young adults.

Adolescents | Mental Health | Transitions | Young Adults

California’s Confidential Health Information Act and Medical Privacy Protection

This brief, released in February 2015, was written by researchers from the University of California San Francisco Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.  The “Age 26” of Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed many young adults ages 19 to 26 to retain insurance coverage as a dependent through their parents’ employer-based plans. This expanded dependent […]

Health Care | Health Insurance | Patient Confidentiality | Policy | Young Adults

Health Care for Homeless Youth: Policy Options for Improving Access

This issue brief, developed by the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, presents an overview of the health care issues faced by homeless adolescents and young adults.

Adolescents | Health Care | Medicaid | Policy | Special Populations | Young Adults

The Supreme Court ACA Decision: What Happens Now For Adolescents and Young Adults?

This brief examines major issues in health insurance and preventive services affecting adolescents and young adults, as implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act proceeds.

Adolescents | Health Care | Health Insurance | Policy | Young Adults

State Policies and Adolescent Alcohol Use

Consistent with prior research, a 2014 Research Brief from our partners at Child Trends presented mixed findings on the relationship between state policy and adolescent alcohol use. Higher beer taxes and laws requiring that beer kegs be registered are associated with decreases in adolescent drinking, laws that impose a driver’s license penalty for consumption are […]

Adolescents | Health | Health Behavior | Health Monitoring | Policy | Schools | Substance Use | Trends | Wellness | Young Adults