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Medical Minute: Health Care, Younger and Healthier

Updated: 06/19/2014 6:03 PM
Created: 06/19/2014 5:14 PM WDIO.com

It's been more than three and a half years since the first parts of President Obama's health care plan went into effect. It's come with a lot of debate, but there's one group of people who aren't complaining. Dr. Timothy Johnson has more with this ABC Medical Minute.

Your early twenties. There's a lot to worry about. For many of us, it's the first time we'll pay rent. Our first experience maintaining a car and all on an entry-level salary.

But a health care change put into place nearly four years ago may very well have translated into one less worry for the country's 20-somethings.

Doctors at Harvard took a look at Federal Survey data for two groups of young adults. The first was those ages 19-25, who, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, could be covered by their parent's health insurance. The other group consisted of those 26 to 34, who were not eligible.

On average, the younger adults were 6.2 percent more likely to report excellent physical health than their older counterparts.

And even though this younger group did not necessarily go to the doctor more, it seems their improved insurance coverage provided them with something that can make all of us feel better... peace of mind.

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