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




Marijuana: Use Among Young Males and Health Outcomes

This 2009 article reviews relevant literature, including trends in young males’ marijuana use and health effects of marijuana use.

Adolescents | Males | Substance Use | Young Adults

State Policy and Teen Childbearing

In this 2015 review article, authors examined how teen childbearing rates are related to state policy in five areas: education, sex education, public assistance, access to abortion services and access to family planning. This review of 13 studies identified associations between teen birth rates in the following areas: In family planning access: adolescent enrollment in […]

Adolescents | Pregnancy | Sex Education | Sexual Health | Women

Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: Trends in Achieving the 21 Critical National Health Objectives by 2010

This study assessed trends in the 21 Critical National Health Objectives between 1991 and 2009, and from baseline years for which 2010 targets were established to 2009, and the extent to which targets were achieved.

Adolescents | Health Behavior | Healthy People | Monitoring | Trends | Young Adults

Access is a Prerequisite to Quality: Can Children Who Need Specialty Health Care Get in the Door?

A video of Dr. Karin Rhodes’ presentation at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, recorded September 13, 2012.

Best Practices | Disparities | Health Insurance | Special Needs | Special Populations | Web Video

Midcourse Review of the Healthy People 2010: 21 Critical Health Objectives for Adol’s & Young Adults

Progress on the 21 Critical Health Objectives was reviewed as part of the Healthy People 2010 Midcourse Review. The review found little or no improvement on most objectives.

Adolescents | Health Behavior | Healthy People | Mortality | Policy | Recommendations | Trends | Young Adults