VIRGINIA BEACH -- Local millennials, those born in the '80's or '90's, are breathing a sigh of relief over the upholding of the healthcare law.
Ruling allows "millennials" to hang on to health care
Some local "millennials" say staying on their parents' health care plans is their only option right now.
The ruling allows younger Americans to be listed as dependents under their parents' plans until they are 26 years old.
Under the old law, some insurance companies booted dependents off of their parents' plans as early as 19 years old.
'I was incredibly relieved. I have insurance. I have that security blanket for now,' said Katy Tecson. who's an independent contractor and relies on the umbrella of her parents' health insurance plan.
Valerie Bell is a nanny and dance instructor and is in a similar situation.
'Not just me but a bunch of my friends that are around my age with degrees, without degrees that have great full time jobs or multiple part-time jobs, they don't have health insurance,' said Bell.
Though the Affordable Care Act buys her some time to continue on her parents' health care plan, she says she needs to figure out a longer-term solution.
'I've had it for a little over a year and I'm gonna lose it again when I turn 26 in about six months,' said Bell.
Adrianna McIntrye is a blogger for Project Millennial and says the Supreme Court ruling is just the beginning of the battle for millennials to fight for health care.
'Though giving coverage for the under 26 group, that's great, but it's not the end of changing the system,' said McIntrye.
She added, 'It's important to figure out where we stand and what we need to do as a younger generation to make sure that this system is sustainable for us when we're older adults.'
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