About 74% of the respondents were covered by healthcare with 51% reporting that they are covered by their parents' or guardian's insurance while only 23% were covered through an employer.
Unexpected healthcare expenses created some level of financial hardship for 79% of the young adults. The common causes for the unexpected expenses were diagnostic procedures/tests (29%) and the treatment of newly diagnosed illness (23%).
The poll, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of the AAFP, obtained responses from 1,273 Americans between the ages of 18 and 26. The poll was conducted March 31 to April 11, 2011.