GROUP CALLS FOR KEEPING PARTS OF THE ‘OBAMACARE’ TO HELP YOUNG ADULTS IN NEBRASKA

After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the rate of uninsured 18- to 24-year-olds in Nebraska was cut in half — dropping from 25.5 percent in 2009 to 12.4 percent in 2015 — according to a new report.

The finding was a part of the 2016 Kids Count in Nebraska Report’s in-depth look at data on “emerging adults” — those in their late teens and early 20s.

“That’s a group we haven’t focused on before,” said Chrissy Tonkinson, research coordinator for Voices for Children, the advocacy group that distributes the report.

Based on the report, which pulled publicly available local and national data, Voices for Children made recommendations for Nebraska. The organization called for preserving features of the Affordable Care Act for young adults and expanding programs and services to those aging out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

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