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Pelosi Announces Key Provision in Health Insurance Reform for Young Adults
Date:10/13/2009

p in the country. They often lose coverage at age 19 when they graduate from high school or a few years later when they graduate from college. Once they enter the workforce, they face new obstacles to getting insurance. Today, they are speaking out and their voices are being heard. For many weeks, young Americans have added to the call to the chorus for reform. They have offered specific proposals about health insurance reform that works for everyone.

"Our legislation answers their call by: ending discrimination based on pre-existing medical conditions, capping out-of-pocket costs, focusing on preventive care, investing in workforce training to boost the number of primary care doctors and nurses, creating a health insurance exchange to give Americans a better deal in the individual insurance market, and speaking personally, a public option in the House bill. Today, I'm pleased to announce that our bill will allow young people to stay on their parents' policy until their 27th birthday if they need it.

"Our young people are our future. This is our opportunity to lay a foundation for growth, progress, and prosperity for our youth, and provide affordable, quality health care to every American. It is an opportunity we will not miss. And to help us achieve our goals is a distinguished Member of the leadership, Chairman Chris Van Hollen."

Speaker Pelosi Closing Statement:

"Thank you Krisja, Ari and Erica, for giving your testimony here today why this is so important for young people. Thank you Congresswoman Dahlkemper and your constituents in Pennsylvania for sending you here to exercise your great leadership for America's young people today and thank you Chris Van Hollen for your relentless leadership on this issue.

"Just think of it -- the difference that the passage of this legislation will make to young people -- as they graduate from college with health insurance, they can follow their dreams. Whether it
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