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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Many Uninsured Don’t Know They Must Buy Coverage Next Year

News outlets report on a poll finding that more than 40 percent of the uninsured are unaware they could be required to buy health coverage in 2014, while another study calculates how many young people are benefiting from the provision allowing adult children to stay on their parents' policies up to age 26.

The Hill: Poll: Many Uninsured Are Unaware Of Individual Mandate
More than 40 percent of uninsured Americans aren't aware that they could be required to buy coverage next year, according to a Gallup survey. Awareness of the law's individual mandate, which requires most taxpayers to buy insurance or pay a penalty, was lower among uninsured people than the general public (Baker, 7/1).

The Hill: Study: ObamaCare Rule Covering 930K Young Adults
More than 930,000 young adults have health insurance thanks to an ObamaCare rule making them eligible for coverage on their parents' plans, according to a new study. Researchers at Indiana University found that young adult men are twice as likely as their female peers to obtain health coverage through their parents (Viebeck, 7/1).

Meanwhile, the health law might be Detroit's lucky break, but not a good answer for uninsured people in states which don't pursue the Medicaid expansion -

Detroit Free Press: Obama's Affordable Care Act Could Lift a Financial Burden Off Detroit
As Detroit confronts a possible municipal bankruptcy, the forthcoming rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law could be the city’s lucky break. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr has proposed moving younger retired city workers who do not yet qualify for Medicare out of their city-sponsored health plans and into the new federal system, which takes full effect Jan. 1 (Reindl and Erb, 7/2).

The Associated Press: Big Medicaid Gap Looms In Obama Health Care Law
Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid. An Associated Press analysis of figures from the Urban Institute finds a big coverage gap developing, with 9.7 million out of 15 million potentially eligible adults living in states that are refusing the expansion or are still undecided with time running short (Alonso-Zaldivar, 7/1).

In Pennsylvania -

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pa. House Strips Medicaid Expansion From Bill
The House of Representatives on Monday stripped from a budget-related bill a proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility, returning the legislation to a Senate that had easily approved the health care provision. It was unclear how the Senate would address the change (Langley, 7/2).

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