#CostsOfRepeal: Congressman Paulsen Would Jeopardize Coverage for 35,000 Young Adults in Minnesota

Yet another damaging consequence of Congressman Erik Paulsen’s push to repeal the Affordable Care Act is that 35,000 Minnesota young adults on their parents’ health insurance plans would now be at risk of losing their coverage. Congressman Paulsen and his Republican Congress’ obsession with repeal would leave more than 3 million young adults at the mercy of insurance companies, who would be free once again to do whatever they want to hike rates or kick young adults off their parents’ plans altogether.

Through the Affordable Care Act, 3 million young adults – including 35,000 in Minnesota – can stay on their parents’ health plans until their 26th birthday. However, Congressman Paulsen has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving young adults – especially transitioning students and recent graduates – vulnerable to losing their coverage and sudden financial hardship.

“Students and new graduates are the latest victims of Congressman Paulsen’s obsessive repeal agenda, which would put them at risk of losing health insurance entirely,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “With our economy still recovering, the option to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 is the difference between having health care or affording rent. But Congressman Paulsen wants to take away coverage from 35,000 young adults in Minnesota–at a time when they need it the most. Young adults simply cannot afford Congressman Paulsen and his Republican Congress’ unrelenting obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act.”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Paulsen’s Crusade to Gut the Affordable Care Act, Would Deny 35,000 Kids and Young Adults in Minnesota Under the Age of 26 from Staying on Their Parents Health Care. The Affordable Care Act expanded the eligibility age for dependents to remain on their parent’s health care plans to the age of 26. By repealing the Affordable Care Act 35,000 kids and young adults in Minnesota under the age of 26 would lose the guaranteed option of enrolling in their parents’ health care plan. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 6/19/12]