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)


Affordable Care Act, Policy, Socio-demographic disparities, Special Populations, Young Adults


January 13, 2014




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 […]

Policy | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Social Determinants of Health | State Policy

Profiles of Adolescents Who are Not in Good Health

Only a small proportion of American adolescents are described by a parent as being only in fair or poor health. However, a 2014 brief from Child Trends, presents national data showing that these youth differ from their reportedly healthier peers on several health, family, school and neighborhood characteristics. This brief provides a comprehensive portrait of […]

Data and Monitoring | Families | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities | State Data

A Health Profile of Adolescent and Young Adult Males

This brief highlights priority health issues for adolescent & young adult males and identifies key gender & racial/ethnic disparities.

Males | Mental/Behavioral Health | Mortality | Overviews/Fact Sheets | Overweight | Risky Behavior | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Socio-demographic disparities | Suicide | Young Adults

A Shifting Health Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults: Planning for the Implementation of Federal Health Care Reform in New York

This brief is the second in a series of publications associated with a multi-year evaluation of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), which provides comprehensive health services to adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 in the New York City metro area.

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

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 […]

Affordable Care Act | Confidential Care | State Policy