More adult children now have health insurance, thanks to amandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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The PPACA requires that group health plans and insurers makedependent coverage available for children until they turn 26,regardless of tax or student status, or dependent status as itrelates to financial support. The mandate to offer coverage toadult children ages 19 to 25 took effect for policy years thatbegan on or after Sept. 23, 2010, but since January is thebeginning of the plan year for many employment-based health plans,many insurers adopted the requirements of the law before theeffective date.

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The nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute examineddata from two U.S. Census Bureau surveys as well as a survey by theCenters for Disease Control.

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The percentage of persons ages 19 to 25 with employment-basedcoverage as a dependent increased from 24.7 percent in 2009 to 27.7percent in 2010. The percentage of those same individuals withemployment-based health coverage as a dependent averaged 26.9percent during January to September 2010, and increased to 27.1percent during October and November.

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The percentage with private insurance increased from 51 percentto 55.8 percent, and the percentage uninsured fell from 33.9percent during 2010 to 28.8 percent during the first half of 2011among those ages 19 to 25.

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