The group whose participation is most needed in the new exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unaware of what the exchanges will offer them, just weeks before they are supposed to roll out.
Just 27 percent of people ages 19 to 29 said they’ve heard of the exchanges, set to open for enrollment Oct. 1, while 70 percent hadn’t, according to research from the Commonwealth Fund. The foundation polled almost 1,900 people between November 2011 and March 2013.
Researchers also stressed the importance of Medicaid expansion among states, saying that without it, millions of low-income young adults are at risk of remaining uninsured. According to the survey, nearly 30 percent of young adults who spent a time uninsured during the year were in families with incomes under 100 percent of poverty.
Commonwealth said the number of uninsured young adults has already fallen because of PPACA. The law allows young people to stay on their parents’ health care plans through age 26.