Many 18-year-olds in Nebraska, especially students, face complications when seeking healthcare services but need their parent’s signature. This is because young adults tend to move away from their homes at this age but are still not considered independent from their parents under Nebraska state law.

This creates a substantial issue for international students, students from out of state, and students whose parents do not have time to give their consent during their busy workday.

In the next year, we plan on looking into the impact that lowering the age of majority from 19 to 18 for healthcare services would have on young adults.

While Nebraska is one of the few states in the U.S. whose age of adulthood is older than 18, we still have exceptions that 18-year-olds can participate in without parental consent. Some examples of these exceptions for 18-year-olds include signing a legally binding lease, seeking mental health services, and voting without parental consent.

Our goal is to alleviate issues in the gap between 18 and 19-year-olds and their consent for healthcare services.