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Student researchers find mixed results with Affordable Care Act at William and Mary symposium

More young adults are benefiting from non-emergency hospital care under the Affordable Care Act, student researchers said Friday, but the legislation has resulted in scant improvements to primary care physician access or to reducing emergency room use for non-emergency conditions.

The three topics were discussed at the College of William and Mary's Graduate Research Symposium Friday.

John Snouffer, a student in William and Mary's master of public policy program, studied the effect the legislation's dependent coverage mandate has had on non-emergency hospital admissions for young adults. The ACA requires health insurance to cover dependents through age 25.

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