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Who the Health Ruling Impacts Most

Young adults under 26

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Under a provision of the law that already went into effect, people under age 26 can now be covered under their parents’ insurance. Some 6.6 million young adults were added to their parents’ plans after the law was signed in 2010, according to a recent survey by the Commonwealth Fund, a private U.S. foundation. “It’s really one of the most popular provisions,” Nash says, “and makes it worthwhile for parents to be part of a good employer-based insurance plan.”

What was at stake: Three major insurers – Humana, Aetna and UnitedHealth –said they would have kept the provision regardless of how the court ruled. But not all insurers were ready to commit. For one, Joe Mundy, a spokesman for Cigna, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., said no decision had been made. And even if insurers had kept the provision, Potter says the employer (not the insurer) would have had the final say.

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