June 20—More than 70 percent of young adults rate having health insurance as “very important” to them personally, according to the June 2013 Health Tracking Poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, and a similar amount say it is something they “need.” 

Having health insurance is important to the large majority of Americans, with 87 percent of poll respondents saying it is “very important” to them personally to have health insurance. Nearly 90 percent indicate health insurance is something they “need,” and just over two-thirds say it is worth the money.

Regarding uninsured adults, the survey indicates that cost is the biggest barrier for getting insurance, with four in ten uninsured respondents citing the expense of coverage as the main reason they don’t have it. 

The poll was conducted June 4-9 among a nationally representative telephone sample of 1,505 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States.

Publication Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013