Millennials have seen interesting changes in the U.S. health system, including the passing of the Affordable Care Act and repeal of many of its provisions, but remained generally satisfied with the quality of the health care system up until early 2016. From July 2013 to April 2016, the percentage of millennials without health insurance decreased by half, with 71 percent of millennials now privately insured and 18 percent publicly insured. However, disparities are still visible across ethnicities, with 17 percent of Hispanic millennials uninsured compared to 9 percent of White millennials.
Although millennials currently enjoy greater health insurance coverage than before, a significant portion still do not feel informed about the health insurance options that are available to them. Unsurprisingly, millennials are more likely than older generations to utilize technology for health and wellness information. As of 2016, approximately 40 percent of millennials stated they used Facebook or a similar social network for health and wellness, and 30 percent used wearables such as Fitbit. Recent surveys found that millennials were more likely than older generations to be dissatisfied with their most recent medical visit and over 80 percent of millennials believed services such as testing and screening for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and prescription birth control should be covered by health insurance.