The Affordable Care Act, which requires health plans to allow adult dependents up to age 26 to remain on their parent's health insurance policies, may have contributed to a 2% decline in the number of uninsured 18 to 24 year olds.
The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services were quick to tout that statistic in this blog: "The report showed that the percentage of young adults with insurance increased from 70.7% in 2009 to 72.8% in 2010. That translates into 500,000 more young people with insurance. We expect even more will gain coverage in 2011 when the policy is fully phased in."
As might be expected, household income influenced the uninsured rate with incomes of less than $25,000 accounting for highest rate of uninsured ?? 27% while households with more than $75,000 in income accounting for only 8% of the uninsured.
Other Census Bureau findings on the uninsured in 2010:
The 2010 numbers for blacks, Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites were statistically unchanged from 2009. The uninsured rate for Asians increased from 16.5% (2.3 million) in 2009.