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Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts shows her cast signed by U.S. President Barack Obama after he spoke about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in Boston October 30, 2013. The writing on the cast reads,
One of the provisions of Obamacare that took effect in 2010 was to allow people age 26 and under to remain on their parents' health insurance plans. Since that part of the law has been in place for four years, it's been long enough to give an idea of what that means for the health of those people, and a new study has explored just that, and found even more good news for the law.

The new study, led by Dr. Kao-Ping Chua, a pediatrician at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds an increase in the number of people who report they are in excellent physical and mental health and that this group has spent less out-of-pocket for health care. Using survey data from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, they compared cohorts of young adults, ages 19 to 25—the group eligible for coverage under the law—and 26 to 34, who were not, and they looked at data for the eight years previous to the law as well as the four years since its implementation.

Insurance coverage increased markedly among the young adults, while declining slightly among the older group.

At the same time, young adults’ annual out-of-pocket medical expenses, including copays and deductibles, declined from an average of $546.11 in the period before the health law to $490 in 2011.

By contrast, annual out-of-pocket medical costs for the older group increased from an average of $626.66 to $644.82.

Younger adults also reported feeling better, with nearly 31% reporting themselves in excellent physical health after passage of the law, compared to nearly 27% giving that rating before.

The older group experienced a decline in self-reported health, with 21% reporting excellent physical health after passage of the law, compared 23% before.

What's interesting here is that the research didn't show a marked increase in healthcare usage by the 19-25 group, their "use of primary care remained constant, while it declined among the older group in 2011." Part of what could be at work here is something that showed up in the Oregon Medicaid study: having insurance gives a sense of security and better health and lowers depression levels. Just having that coverage makes a difference, even if it's not used that much.

There's one more data point in the very good Obamacare news we've been seeing since it hit the remarkable benchmark of 8 million enrollees. And it's one more nail in the Republican's anti-Obamacare coffin.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 08:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives, Good News, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 08:39:36 AM PDT

  •  Now if we could only get the msm (5+ / 0-)

    to squeeze in a word or two about this positive news.

    Maya Angelou: “There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

    by JoanMar on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 08:58:41 AM PDT

  •  Please Help!! (2+ / 0-)
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    NedSparks, hbk

    Please help us and tell Rep. Bradley Byrne (of Alabama) Bentley to support expanding Medicaid Please call Phone: (251) 690-2811 Phone: (251) 972-8545 phone: (202) 225-4931 fax: (202) 225-0562 or use his facebook page (let him have it)

  •  Who would have thought so much good could come... (3+ / 0-)
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    RightHeaded, VClib, hbk

    ...out of a conservative, Heritage Foundation idea.

    We can only speculate as to the good that would have come from truly progressive health care reform sprung from new ideas.

    Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

    by Pi Li on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 05:38:27 PM PDT

  •  Damn Doctors (2+ / 0-)
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    grover, filby

    Liberal patsies. Almost every one of them. Who's not a GOP senator.

    We will never have the elite, smart people on our side. - Rick Santorum

    by easong on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 05:40:27 PM PDT

  •  This is terrible news. (2+ / 0-)
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    filby, seasidesally

    All those healthy young people will be harder to round up and herd to FEMA camps.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:01:56 PM PDT

  •  Not a done deal (1+ / 0-)
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    Hold the Senate and win the Presidential election in 2016 or nothing is safe.  The Supreme Court can destroy everything, and they're working on it.

  •  Except in California, where the system is broken (2+ / 0-)
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    Mokurai, hbk

    My daughter has been waiting for the county and state systems to coordinate their system and issue my daughter her Medi-Cal ID #. We've been waiting since December.

    In April I had to write my county supervisor to get the county office to respond. Once the supervisor's office called the county office, they processed her application in one week and sent it off to the state office. Then...nothing.

    Turns out the state computer system is broken. Completely dead in the water. Over 900,000 Medi-Cal applicants are sitting in the pipeline, waiting, with no available treatment options. We cannot get a temporary number until the state office approves the applicant.

    And nobody knows. We're just crossing our fingers and hoping nothing happens to our daughter.

    Here's a short article on the backlogs.

    Here's an article on the state of California's computer disaster, which has just been given new money to attempt to fix the mess.

    The money will be used, in part, to update CalHEERS  -- the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System -- with the specific goal of reducing a backlog of roughly 900,000 Medi-Cal applicants. The delayed applications have  created confusion and concern among applicants  and relief cannot come soon enough, said Elizabeth Landsberg, director of legislative advocacy for the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
    I probably should find the time to do a diary on this.
    •  You should, indeed (1+ / 0-)
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      And we should brainstorm how to get this problem the publicity it deserves. What do your state Rep and Senator say about getting a manual system started while the computers remain broken? Can we get Silicon Valley to point and laugh at Sacramento?

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 11:39:33 PM PDT

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  •  Obamacare is Great (4+ / 0-)
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    rsmpdx, seasidesally, hbk, Tonedevil

    I just got health insurance for the first time in two and a half years after my cobra was increased to 2K a month. Turns out that premium is about what I was paying per month just for prescriptions and I have access to first class doctors. I'm 53 and I may have things to deal with in the future and this is a relief. It will be a while before I vote Republican again. :)

  •  Really? I don't recall any 'young people' sendi... (0+ / 0-)

    Really? I don't recall any 'young people' sending me any thank you notes for helping to fund their subsidies

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