Court filing claims 17 million young adults would lose coverage without health law

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"On the other hand," the brief argues, "eliminating this and other pillars of the [healthcare reform law] would undermine the regulatory scheme and harm the health and
economic well-being of millions of young Americans by denying them access to affordable
healthcare."

The law has already allowed 2.5 million young people to gain coverage thanks to a provision that requires health plans to allow them to remain on their parents' family plans through age 25. That coverage could also be in peril if the law is struck down.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear plaintiffs challenging the law's individual mandate and Medicaid expansion on March 26, 27 and 28. A decision is expected in June, before the 2012 presidential election.