College Grads Prefer Health Insurance to Freedom from Mom and Dad, according to eHealthInsurance Survey
June 09, 2011
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—June 9, 2011 – Nearly three in four recent college graduates (74%) think it’s better to live with their parents and have health insurance than to live on their own and go uninsured, according to a recent national survey of college students, graduates and parents conducted in April 2011 by global insights firm Kelton Research and sponsored by eHealthInsurance (NASDAQ: EHTH).
The survey shows some tension and some harmony in the financial relationship between today’s college graduates and their parents. Most parents are expecting to provide more financial assistance – and for a longer period after graduation – than their children expect to receive. However, in many cases that assistance doesn’t extend to health insurance coverage.
- Most parents (54%) expect to provide financial assistance of one sort or another to grads for a year or more after graduation
- However, substantial majorities of current students (65%) and recent grads (70%) expect to receive financial support from their parents for less than a year or not at all
- Nearly eight in ten parents (78%) say they would be willing to allow their adult children to live with them after graduation, but only one in four (25%) would be willing to help them purchase health insurance on their own
- Most students (54%) and grads (74%) would rather live at home the first year after college if it meant having health insurance, rather than strike out on their own; with a taste of the real world already, grads find the trade-off especially tempting
The survey also illustrates a lack of awareness about portions of health care reform on the part of students, grads and parents:
- A majority of college students (53%) and grads (63%) are aware that they can stay on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26; most parents (76%) know this too
- However, nearly four in ten parents (38%) don’t intend to keep their college grads on their health insurance plan until age 26
- Only two in ten students (20%) and grads (20%) are aware of other provisions of the law that went into effect in 2010 providing better access to preventive medical care
- Even fewer (11% of students and 13% of grads) know that lifetime coverage limits for covered medical services have been removed from most new health insurance plans
- Nearly three in ten parents (28%) think that 2010 college grads are now required to purchase health insurance; in fact, this provision of health care reform doesn’t come into effect until 2014
A PDF copy of Kelton Research’s analysis of these trends is now available. Full topline results from the Students and Grads and Parents surveys are available in the eHealthInsurance Media Center.
- Read a summary of the full results of the eHealthInsurance/Kelton Research survey
- See eHealthInsurance’s March 28, 2011 press release for a list of health insurance tips for college grads.
- Visit the eHealthInsurance consumer blog, Get Smart – Get Covered, for a chart outlining considerations for grads choosing between Mom and Dad’s plan or purchasing a plan on their own
- Check out our Health Insurance 101 buyer’s guide for students and grads
- Or graduate to our standard Health Insurance Buyer’s Guide
Methodology of the Surveys:
The eHealth College Student and Grads Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between April 21st and April 29th, 2011, using an email invitation and an online survey. Kelton Research surveyed a sample of 255 full-time college students ages 18-30 and 251 recent college graduates ages 18-30 who are in the workforce or seeking employment.
The eHealth Parent Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between April 21st and April 29th, 2011, using an email invitation and an online survey. Kelton Research surveyed a sample of 500 parents of full-time college students or recent graduates who are in the workforce or seeking employment.
Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results.
For the sample of college students, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 6.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. For the sample of recent college graduates, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 6.2 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.
In the eHealth Parent Survey, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.
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