The Washington Times - December 14, 2011, 03:53PM

Since President Obama’s health-care law gave 20-somethings more access to their parents’ coverage last year, young adults are no longer the age group with the highest uninsured rate.

Some 2.5 million young adults obtained coverage between September 2010 and June 2011, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey. With the gains, 73 percent of those in the 19-25 age group now are insured, up from 64 percent before the provision took affect.

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The increase puts the 19-25 group slightly ahead of those who are 26-36, said officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, who applauded the news as evidence that the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goal of expanding coverage to about 50 million uninsured Americans.

“More Americans are no longer living with that fear and uncertainty,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said. “As they begin their careers, these young adults will be free to make choices based on what they want to do and not where they can get health insurance.”

Among a number of other new mandates on insurers, the Affordable Care Act requires companies to cover adults up to age 26 as part of their parents’ insurance benefits. The provision is intended to expand coverage to young people who find themselves without employer-sponsored coverage while they are between college and finding a job.