The uninsured population in the United States is growing at alarming rate. Particularly, young adults between age of 18 to 29 have greater impact on the uninsured population as they are fewer in number but make major part of the uninsured population. The aim of this study is to analyze the reasons for young adults being uninsured and their need for their health care coverage. The study uses secondary data from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and identifies reasons for young adults being uninsured as well as analyze their need for health care coverage. In order to understand the need for health care coverage of young adults, their health conditions, health status, heath behaviors and demographic variables such as their working status, educational status, martial statuS and pregnancy status are compared to older adults between the age of 30 to 85. This study identified reasons for young adults in California being uninsured that are directly related to their employment status: young adults are changing jobs frequently, accepting part time unstable jobs, and are in the process of transition from education to employment. Moreover, this study also found that young adults of California are more prone to chronic obesity, substance abuse and mental health issues than older adults. Thus, young adults of California are in great need for health care coverage.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Business administration, Health care management|
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