If the Patient Protection and Affordable CareAct has had a profound effect on the insurance statusfor young adults, it stands to reason that it would have asimilarly significant impact on the number one reason that youngadults are hospitalized: Childbirth.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicinefinds that PPACA has led to an increase in thepercentage of births covered by private insurers, presumably as aresult of the health law’s provision that requires insurers tocover the children of their beneficiaries until the age of 26.

The 2.5 percent increase in privately insured births among youngmothers may seem small, but it represents a shift of hundreds ofthousand of births to a different payment system.

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