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Lack of Health Insurance Could Have Young Adults Singing the Blues
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor-Managed Care

As Congress debates whether to allow young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance plans even after they graduate from college, insurers who specialize in the field say they see plenty of business opportunities ahead in the health insurance market for young adults regardless of what happens on Capitol Hill. The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that 13.2 million Americans between the ages of 19 and 29 are already uninsured, making that group the nation's largest uninsured demographic. [Read More]
  January 27, 2010

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