Advocates Call on Congress to Prioritize Young Adults’ Health Gains

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Young Invincibles, joined by 53 other organizations committed to young adults’ health and financial well-being, sent a letter to Congressional leadership asking that any legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act be accompanied by a detailed replacement plan that maintains or improves access to quality, affordable health care for young adults.

Since passage of the ACA, more than 8 million young adults ages 18 to 34 have gained coverage, and millions more are benefiting from greater consumer protections. As one of the nation’s most historically uninsured groups, members of Congress should prioritize these gains as they weigh making changes to our health care system.

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Court Ruling Jeopardizes Subsidies for 1.5 Million Young Adults Under Affordable Care Act

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July 22, 2014

[WASHINGTON] – In response to a federal appeals court panel ruling that critical tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act may not be offered in certain states using the federal exchange, Young Invincibles Executive Director Jen Mishory issued the following statement:

“This flawed ruling threatens access to affordable coverage for the 1.5 million young adults across the country who have enrolled in the federal exchange – and millions more who could enroll in the coming months and years. We urge the Administration to appeal quickly.”

There are currently 1,538,352 young adults, aged 18 to 34, enrolled in health coverage through the federal exchange. The average uninsured 25 year-old earns about $17,800 and qualifies for large subsidies to purchase coverage.

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation

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April 10, 2014

Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

Young Invincibles’ Statement on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation

[WASHINGTON]—Today, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation. Sebelius has served as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services since the beginning of the Obama Administration and has overseen the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“From her days as Kansas Governor to her service as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, no one has been a more steadfast champion on behalf of the uninsured than Secretary Sebelius,” said Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “She was a driving force behind the greatest expansion of health care coverage in the United States since the 1960s.  We look forward to working with the Secretary’s successor to make good on that promise of quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

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Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.

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Ryan Budget Is Bad for Young Adults

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April 2, 2014

Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

FY2015 Ryan Budget Is Bad for Young Adults

Cuts to Health Care, Higher Education, and Job Training Programs Would Threaten Young Adults’ Economic Security

[WASHINGTON]— Yesterday, the House Budget Committee released its fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. The House Budget Committee’s largely symbolic proposal slashes funding for Pell Grants, repeals the Affordable Care Act, and eliminates programs that help young adults bounce back after the Great Recession.

Jennifer Mishory, Deputy Director for Young Invincibles said, “This budget proposal would eliminate some of the most significant protections for young people. In an economy where many young adults are desperate for economic stability, this budget builds barriers between young adults and their ability to get back to work, pay for college, and afford health care.”

Specifically, the House Budget Committee’s FY2015 budget:

  • Repeals the Affordable Care Act and turns its back on the over 9 million Americans that have been able to get covered thanks to the law’s dependent coverage, Medicaid expansion, and cost support provisions.
  • Removes mandatory funding for Pell Grants and freezes them for 10 years;
  • Eliminates AmeriCorps and other volunteer service programs, which have helped many young adults launch their careers by helping their communities;
  • Weakens job training programs for young adults, at a time when unemployment numbers remain severely high for our generation;
  • Warps the way that the government accounts for federal student loans by adding accounting penalties for lending to students and families.

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Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.

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Young Invincibles Cheers Nearing of 7 Million Exchange-Based Enrollments Milestone

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March 31, 2014

Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

Young Invincibles Cheers Nearing of 7 Million Exchange-Based Enrollments Milestone

Despite Early Technical Malfunctions, Number of Exchange-Based Enrollment Signups Projected to Reach Original CBO Projection Target

[WASHINGTON]—This evening, the Associated Press reported that enrollments were on track to reach about 7 million consumers on the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office initially estimated that 7 million Americans would enroll through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges by the end of the first Open Enrollment period. After significant technical malfunctions at the time of the launch of the insurance exchanges, the CBO released a new estimate of 6 million sign ups by March 31, 2014.

Jennifer Mishory, Deputy Director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement:

“Over the past few days, we’ve seen an amazing surge in enrollment. Millions have signed up for quality coverage, coverage which cannot be dropped when people need it.  Millions have greater consumer protections than ever before. And no one can be discriminated against based on health status. But as the final consumers complete their application during this open enrollment period, our work still is not done.  We will continue our education efforts as young adults, who are more likely to experience a qualifying life event, get access to the quality, affordable coverage they need during special enrollment periods.”

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Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on the Economic Impact of the ACA’s Contraception Coverage Requirement

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March 25, 2014

Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

Young Invincibles’ Statement on the Economic Impact of the ACA’s Contraception Coverage Requirement

[WASHINGTON]— Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Under the ACA, health plans must cover a range of preventive services for men and women, including FDA-approved contraceptives for women, for free.

Jen Mishory, Deputy Director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement on the economic impact of the law’s contraception coverage requirement:

“An estimated 27 million women are already benefiting from access to free preventive services, including contraceptives, under the ACA. Access to affordable contraceptives is particularly important for younger and low-income women, who struggle to use birth control consistently due to cost and face disproportionate barriers to accessing contraception. Protecting this access will have a positive impact not only on women’s health, but also on women’s educational attainment, workforce participation, and economic stability, and is crucial to the future health and economic prospects of this generation.”

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Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.

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