Study: Millions of Young Adults Medicaid Eligible

Young adults make up 52 percent of all those newly eligible for Medicaid, which some states expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

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Clara Ritger
Nov. 21, 2013, 2:37 a.m.

Nearly 5.4 mil­lion young adults ages 19-34 are cur­rently eli­gible for Medi­caid or will be­come eli­gible for Medi­caid in Janu­ary, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from the Robert Wood John­son Found­a­tion.

The Af­ford­able Care Act gave states the op­tion to ob­tain fed­er­al fin­an­cial sup­port if they ex­pan­ded Medi­caid cov­er­age to Amer­ic­ans earn­ing less than 138 per­cent of the fed­er­al poverty line.

Young adults make up 52 per­cent of the total num­ber of people who will be newly eli­gible for Medi­caid un­der these ex­pan­sions.


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