Healthcare Costs Among Young Adults Are About The Same, Whether They're Insured Or Not

Among surprises from a new study on U.S. health spending is the realization: Whether insured or not, young adults spent about the same on out-of-pocket health expenditures throughout the year.

Among surprises from a new study on U.S. health spending is the realization: Whether insured or not, young adults spent about the same on out-of-pocket health expenditures throughout the year.

Researchers analyzing federal data from 2009 reported this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health that young Americans covered by health insurance for at least part of the year also incurred greater expense for emergency care than their uninsured counterparts, Kaiser Health News reported. Although much continues to change as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands Medicaid coverage throughout “Blue State” America, the study might yet serve as a “baseline” to study future effects of the new federal health care law.

Josephine Lau, an assistant professor of adolescent and young adult medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, called the results surprising. “It could be they had just lost coverage as they were going through changes in their lives,” Lau said.

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Source: Medical Daily