Rite of Passage? Why Young Adults Become Uninsured and How New Policies Can Help. By Sara R. Collins and others. The Commonweatlth Fund. (The Fund, Washington, DC) May 2003. 8 p.
Full Text at: www.cmwf.org/programs/insurance/collins_riteofpassage_ib_649.pdf
["Young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 represent one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the population without health insurance in the United States. Often dropped from their parents' policies or public insurance programs at age 19 or on graduation day, young adults are left to find insurance on their own.... New analysis ... reveals that nearly two of five college graduates and one-half of high school graduates who do not go on to college will endure a time without health insurance in the first year after graduation. Moreover, if past patterns continue, two-thirds of all young adults ages 19 to 23 today are likely to lack insurance at some point over the next four years."]