While insurers have a couple more years to prepare for the individual mandate and health exchanges, according to a new Gallup poll, effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on 18- to-25-year-olds can already be seen.

Gallup reports that adults aged 18 to 25, a group that was suffering declines in 2008 and 2009, have increased their employer-based health insurance percentage by almost a full point from 2011. Meanwhile, adults aged 26 to 64 were found losing employer-based health insurance in the second quarter of 2012—55.9 percent compared to 56.7 percent at year-end 2011.

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