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The Affordable Care Act helps new graduates

Excerpts from a letter to new college graduates from Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Before the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, was passed in 2010, graduation day was the day when millions of young adults lost their health insurance, making them one of the most vulnerable groups of Americans. Many young adults were forced to go without coverage, making them just one accident or serious medical illness away from unmanageable medical bills that could make them go broke trying to pay for the care they needed.  Because of the new health care law, many young adults can join or remain on their parents’ health insurance plan until their 26thbirthday.  More than 2.5 million young adults nationwide already have taken advantage of this provision of the Affordable Care Act and gained health insurance, and many more are eligible to gain coverage. Prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, young adults were much more likely to be uninsured and about twice as l…