Health care reform for the young and healthy

As part of the ProPublica Eye on Health Care Reform blog’s ongoing “What Health Care Reform Means For…” series, reporters Sabrina Shankman and Olga Pierce considered how the Senate and House reform bills would effect young, healthy, independent Americans. Here are a few highlights from their piece:

  • They’ll no longer have the option of going without insurance (unless they’re willing to incur a penalty).
  • They’ll get to ride their parents coverage until age 26 or 27, depending on which version you’re looking at. At present, it doesn’t last much past 19.
  • The poorest may be eligible for Medicaid, even if they don’t have kids.
  • In the Senate version, they’d also have the option of bare-bones coverage until age 30.

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