Sebelius targets youth support for health reform

About 1.2 million college students graduating this year can stay on their parents’ insurance plans as a result of healthcare reform, the Obama administration’s top health official boasted Friday.

The new law allows young adults to stay on parents’ insurance plans if they are unable to obtain coverage through an employer. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, noting that young adults have the highest uninsurance rate of any age group, told college students Friday that the reform provision provides young adults with better opportunities for career growth.

“You can pursue the job opportunity best for you without worrying what happens with health insurance,” Sebelius said on a conference call with college reporters.

The administration’s Friday focus on young adults wraps up a week in which it made a push to generate support for the law a year after it was enacted.