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Young Adults Protected From ER Costs

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new federal health care reform law has saved young adults millions of dollars in medical bills.

President Barack Obama signed the law in March 2010, and one of its provisions that kicked in allowed young adults between the ages of 19 and 25 to stay on their parents' private health insurance plans. The extra coverage stops when they turn 26 years old.

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine says in the first year that the Affordable Care Act went into effect, young adults saved nearly $147 million dollars in emergency room bills.

Without the new law, young adults and their families would have had to pay that amount, or hospitals would have had to write it off.

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