Faces of California Graduates Need Health Reform

Young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 are the fastest growing group without health insurance in the United States, and in California. In 2007, one out of six Californians was a young adult, however, one out of three uninsured Californians was a young adult – twice the rate! About one in four, or 1.4 million, young adults under 30 are uninsured in California, and they are disproportionately low-income, Latino, and male.1 The consequences of being uninsured, even for young adults, are significant. According to national surveys, uninsured young adults are more likely to go without seeking medical care because of costs, less likely to have a regular doctor, have limited access to care and health consequences because of it, and experience problems with existing medical bills and out-of-pocket costs.