In September 2010, dependent care coverage to young adults expanded under the Affordable Care Act, allowing individuals below the age of 26 to remain under their parents’ insurance. This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration highlights the use of mental health and substance use treatment services among young adults aged 19 to 26 before and after dependent coverage expansion. Findings show there was an increase in coverage as well as an increase in the use of services between 2010 and 2012. The report also finds that fewer individuals reported experiencing cost barriers to treatment.
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