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More young people going without health insurance

Washington Post, June 2, 2008
The number of young adults without health insurance rose again in 2006, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund. As a result, 38% of high school graduates and 34% of college graduates will spend some time uninsured in the year after graduation, the report found. There were 13.7 million Americans aged 19 to 29 without health insurance in 2006, up from 13.3 million in 2005. Some action is being taken to remedy the situation—20 states have passed legislation requiring insurance companies to extend coverage of minors after age 18 or 19, said Commonwealth Fund representatives.