Young Invincibles’ Statement on California Budget Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 15, 2014

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213.221.7326

Young Invincibles’ Statement on California Budget Agreement

Budget Falls Short on Investment in Education and Healthcare for Young Californians

[SACRAMENTO, Calif.]—Today, the California Legislature passed its version of the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget; the $108 billion budget heads to Governor Brown for the final sign off. Linda Leu, California Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:

“We are pleased that this budget includes some important education investments for our generation, but California needs to invest more in programs that support low-income and undocumented young adults. “

“All young Californians, including low-income and undocumented young Californians deserve greater access to health care, more affordable education and help finding a job – all of which California failed to allocate adequate funding for in the budget.”

Here’s an overview of what the budget achieves for young Californians, and where it falls short:

The California FY14-15 Budget:

  • Affirms the Governor’s allocation of $50 million for a Workforce Development Program at California Community Colleges.
  • Reinvests $50 million in both the UC and Cal State systems.
  • Moderately increases the Cal Grant B Access Awards by $175 per student to help the lowest income students afford college. Students can now receive an award of $1,648 per year to help with books and living expenses. This brings the award closer to its intended value of $5,900, if it had been adjusted for inflation.

The California FY14-15 Budget fails to address:

  • The importance of access to health care to young Californians’ economic future by:

o   Rejecting a $23 million grant to expand Medi-Cal enrollment and retention efforts, so that more young Californians that qualify for coverage can sign up and stay covered.

o   Continued disinvestment in the safety net, which is needed to serve the undocumented and other remaining uninsured due to the delay of SB 1005 that would have expanded coverage for undocumented Californians.

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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 Applauds Covered California’s Strong End to First Open Enrollment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 17, 2014

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213.221.7326

Young Invincibles Applauds Covered California’s Strong End to First Open Enrollment

Young Adult Enrollment in Covered California Health Plans and Medi-Cal Greatly Exceeds Expectations

[LOS ANGELES, CA]—Today Covered California announced that over 3.3 million Californians have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 1.4 million have enrolled in private health plans and over 1.9 million in Medi-Cal. With this final surge over the past few weeks, young Californians ages 18 to 34 represent 29 percent of private plan enrollees and 36 percent of those who gained free Medi-Cal coverage.

“We are thrilled with the tremendous outreach and enrollment effort on the part of Covered California and all of our community partners to help over 1 million young adults enroll in coverage,” said Linda Leu, California Research and Policy Director at Young Invincibles. “This new access to health insurance provides critical economic security for young people struggling to pay rent, start careers, and manage student debt.”

“This isn’t the end of enrollment for young Californians. Medi-Cal enrollment is open year round, and as outlined in our new report, young people are more likely than any other age group to qualify for special enrollment periods triggered by life events like graduating, having a baby, and getting married. Young Invincibles looks forward to working with Covered California and our partners to ensure that young people are informed of these ongoing opportunities.”

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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 Covered California’s February Enrollment Numbers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 13, 2014

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213.221.7326

Young Invincibles’ Statement on Covered California’s February Enrollment Numbers

According to Covered California’s Report, Young Adult Enrollment in Private Health Plans and Medi-Cal Continues to Grow

[LOS ANGELES, CA]—Today Covered California announced that over 3 million Californians have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, nearly 1 million have enrolled in private health plans at the Countdown to History celebration in Los Angeles. Young Californians ages 18 to 34 represent 26.5 percent of private plan enrollees and 35 percent of those who gained free Medi-Cal coverage.

“We were excited to partner with Covered California for Countdown to History and take part in an event with leaders like Dolores Huerta. We are encouraged by the upward trend in young adult enrollment and are thrilled to see even more young Californians who could not previously afford coverage gaining free coverage through Medi-Cal,” said Tamika Butler, California Director at Young Invincibles. “We look forward to continuing our work and seeing these numbers increase during the final weeks of open enrollment.”

Young Invincibles recently launched the Healthy Young America Mobile App Sweepstakes in an effort to spread the word on the financial assistance available under the law and the March 31st deadline to enroll. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants could win $1,200, about the average cost of health coverage for an uninsured young adult on the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Healthy Young America mobile application is available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. For more information, please visit app.healthyyoungamerica.org. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Click here to view the Official Rules prior to entry.

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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 Covered California’s 2013 Enrollment Numbers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 14, 2014

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213.221.7326

Young Invincibles’ Statement on Covered California’s 2013 Enrollment Numbers

According to Covered California’s New Report, One in Four Enrollees are Between the Ages of 18 to 34

[SACRAMENTO, Calif.]- According to a report from Covered California, young Californians continue to enthusiastically sign up for health care coverage. 32 percent of private insurance enrollees in California are under the age of 35, and 25 percent of enrollees are between the ages of 18 and 34.

Linda Leu, California Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles, released the following statement on today’s announcement:

“Today Covered California announced that over 500,000 Californians successfully enrolled by the end of 2013. With 28 percent of young Californians lacking insurance, we are especially excited that over 125,000 of enrollees are between the ages of 18 and 34, proving that young adults are engaged and excited about their new options under the Affordable Care Act.

In Massachusetts’ enrollment experience, we saw a sharp increase in the number of young adult sign-ups near the end of the enrollment period. With young Californians representing 25 percent of those who gained coverage, we are seeing the beginnings of this upward trend in youth enrollment in California. We’re excited to build on this momentum as we continue our outreach and education efforts in the months ahead.”

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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 Governor Brown’s 2014 Budget Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 9, 2014

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213.221.7326

Young Invincibles’ Statement on Governor Brown’s 2014 Budget Proposal

Proposed Budget Invests Greatly in Higher Education, but Leaves Unemployed Youth Behind 

 [LOS ANGELES, Calif.]—Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposal for the 2014 California budget. Young Invincibles is excited that the Governor called for a $26.3 billion investment in higher education and allocated funds to keep college tuition and costs from rising. While these proposed investments brighten the higher education future of young adults throughout the state, the Governor’s proposal failed to outline investments in remaining uninsured and unemployed Californians.

Linda Leu, California Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles, released the following statement on the Governor’s proposal:

“We are encouraged by the outlined increases in funding to the California college system that will help reverse dismal trends in California’s higher education spending. However, we are disappointed that the Governor did not fully address vital employment crisis that young Californians face.

As we discovered in our new report, “In this Together,” high youth unemployment effectively costs each California taxpayer $66.26 annually in both federal and state taxes. By making a greater investment in CalWORKs and other programs that prepare and support young adults to make positive contributions to the state’s economy, Governor Brown would be investing not only in affected young adults, but all Californians.”

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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 Covered California’s November Enrollment Numbers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 12, 2013

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213-221-7326

Young Invincibles’ Statement on Covered California’s November Enrollment Numbers

Since October 1st, Over 100,000 Californians Have Successfully Enrolled In Covered California Health Insurance Plans

 [SACRAMENTO, Calif.]- According to a report from Covered California, Californians continue to enthusiastically sign up for health care coverage with 109,296 Californians already enrolled in private health plans that are set to begin coverage in January 2014. Over 20,000 of those enrolled are young adults between the ages of 18 and 34.

Linda Leu, California Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles, released the following statement on today’s announcement:

“We are excited that young adults are continuing to enroll in new health care coverage options in numbers roughly proportional to our share of the population. With over 20,000 young Californians now covered, we plan to build on this early momentum as we continue our outreach efforts before the December deadline for coverage beginning on January 1st.”

“Young adults are disproportionately uninsured, and with 28% of young Californians still lacking insurance we look forward to partnering with Covered California to ensure that all young adults in California have the opportunity to achieve health and financial security. Young Invincibles is excited to continue our work and to see more progress in the remaining months of open enrollment.”

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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 Covered California’s October Numbers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 21, 2013

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org213.221.7326

Young Invincibles’ Statement on Covered California’s October Numbers

Over 30,000 Californians Have Already Enrolled in Health Plans Set to Begin Coverage in January 2014

[SACRAMENTO, Calif.]—According to a report from Covered California, 30,830 Californians have enrolled in private health plans using CoveredCA.com from October 1st to November 1st. About one in four of those who enrolled were young adults age 18 to 34.

Linda Leu, California Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles, released the following statement on today’s announcement:

“Today Covered California announced that 30,830 Californians were able to enroll successfully during the first month of open enrollment. Young Invincibles is especially excited that about one in four of the new enrollees are young adults, showing that young adults are engaged and excited about their new options even at this very early stage in the enrollment process. We learned from the Massachusetts experience with health insurance reform that enrollment numbers will continue to grow as consumers learn more about their various options and as we get closer to the deadline—March 31, 2014. We will continue to work to make sure that young people are getting the information they need about their new coverage options, and that they are enrolling successfully.”

“With 31 percent of young Californians lacking insurance, the Affordable Care Act could truly improve the lives of millions of young adults in California alone. Young adults throughout the state have told us that they want health insurance, but simply have not been able to afford it. Thanks to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in California, millions of young Californians will have access to quality and affordable health options. We are excited that young people are exploring their new options, and we look forward to continuing our outreach efforts here in California.”

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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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Fullerton Ribbon Cutting Event to Celebrate New Charter School

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:
September 27, 2013

Young Invincibles Contact:
Adriana Zyskowski, 
Adriana.Zyskowski@YoungInvincibles.org, 
916.502.7154

Orange County Conservation Corps Contact:
Katharyn Bandoni, kbandoni@hireyouth.org, 1.888.641.2677 x302

Fullerton Ribbon Cutting Event to Celebrate New Charter School

[FULLERTON, Calif.] – Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) is partnering with Young Invincibles, a leading national group, on the ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate OCCC’s new charter school on September 27.

While over 500 young adults have graduated with a high school diploma from OCCC educational programs in the past, this last year marked the first graduating class of the Orange County Conservation Corps Charter School – a charter school on the organization’s premises. In honor of this first year, officials such as Mayor Bruce Whitaker, Senator Lou Correa, and Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva will attend. The ribbon cutting will be conducted by Theresa Harvey, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in honor of the Orange County Conservation Corps Charter School launch

WHERE: Orange County Conservation Corps, 1548 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton, CA 92831

WHEN: Friday, September 27, 1:30-2:30 PM

Sometimes called a “Second Chance at Success,” for thousands of young adults the OCCC is a last chance to avoid gangs, stay free of drug abuse, avert incarceration, and ultimately ensure a positive life for themselves as working, productive members of our community. The school provides first-rate California High School Exit Exam preparation as well as California Standard based instruction in all academic subjects required by the state. This high-quality education prepares students to find good jobs that might have otherwise eluded them.

This event is one of fifteen stops on the Young Invincibles National Jobs Tour. With the unemployment rate for young adults in California standing at 20.2 percent—about twice the state average, Young Invincibles is highlighting the need to expand the workforce training and job creation programs which are so vital to our generation’s future. The Orange County Conservation Corps Charter School is just one of the many initiatives that is successfully preparing our generation for good careers.

Members of the print media are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Adriana Zyskowski at Adriana.Zyskowski@YoungInvincibles.org. Members of the non-print media can schedule one-on-one interviews separately with Adriana Zyskowski at Adriana.Zyskowski@YoungInvincibles.org. For more information please visit http://jobs.younginvincibles.org.

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The Orange County Conservation Corps was founded in 1993 as part of the Anaheim anti-gang task force.  The OCCC is a voluntary work and learn program that provides an opportunity for at-risk and disadvantaged youths, age 18 to 25. Their program grants Corpsmembers with an opportunity to earn a living while learning valuable employment skills through job training and attending our on-site charter school to earn their high school diploma.

Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, aged 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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Oakland Youth Leadership Summit Focuses on Youth-led Change in the Community

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:
September 24-25, 2013

Young Invincibles Contact:
Adriana Zyskowski, 
Adriana.Zyskowski@YoungInvincibles.org, 
213.221.7326

Civicorps Schools Contact:
Michele Moore, Michele.Moore@cvcorps.org, 510.992.7832

Oakland Youth Leadership Summit Focuses on Youth-led Change in the Community

[OAKLAND, Calif.] – Over 50 young adults ages 18-24 will gather for a two-day Leadership Summit sponsored by Civicorps and their partner, national group Young Invincibles. The Summit will take place at Civicorps Academy, the only accredited high school and job training program in the East Bay for 18-24 year olds who have previously dropped out of school.

The Leadership Summit, which follows an August teach-in on the Trayvon Martin case and the release of the movie Fruitvale Station, will bring together youth, political leaders, and community activists on the power of youth voice to address issues such as health, safety, youth engagement, education, and career opportunities in Oakland.

On Tuesday, State Senator Loni Hancock and Junious Williams from Urban Strategies Council will kick off the Summit, addressing young adults from Civicorps, Youth Radio, The Mentoring Center, Lao Family Community Development, and other organizations on the power of youth voice.  Later, Young Invincibles California Director Tamika Butler and local activists will discuss how they work toward change in the community. Summit participants will be prepared to identify the issues that matter to them, and to create action plans for influencing decision makers on those issues.

On Wednesday, the youth participants will present their plans and ideas to a panel of elected officials, including Mayor Jean Quan, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent, Deputy District Attorney Paul Hora, Supervisor Keith Carson, Justin Davis from the Kapor Center, and elected representatives from OUSD and Peralta Colleges.

WHAT: Leadership Summit of Oakland youth, community activists, and elected officials to discuss community issues, brainstorm solutions, and inspire action.

WHERE: Civicorps, 101 Myrtle St., Oakland, CA 94607

WHEN: Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25, 8AM – 3PM

Key Meeting Sessions:

Tuesday, September 24

9:15 – 9:45 am: Opening Speeches: Junious Williams, Urban Strategies Council, and Senator Loni Hancock discuss the Power of Youth Voice.

12:45—1:30 pm: Panel: Local community activists discuss Pathways to Change

Wednesday, September 25

1:00-2:30 pm. Panel and Youth-Led Presentations: Mayor Jean Quan, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Wendt, and other Oakland decision-makers.

This event is one of fifteen stops on the Young Invincibles National Jobs Tour. With the unemployment rate for young adults in California standing at 20.2 percent—about twice the state average, Young Invincibles is highlighting the need to expand workforce training and job creation programs that are so vital to our generation’s future.

Members of the print media are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Adriana Zyskowski at Adriana.Zyskowski@YoungInvincibles.org, and must RSVP 24 hours before the event. Members of the non-print media can schedule one-on-one interviews separately with Adriana Zyskowski at Adriana.Zyskowski@YoungInvincibles.org.  For more information, please visit http://www.cvcorps.org/news and http://jobs.younginvincibles.org.

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Civicorps promotes active citizenship and environmental stewardship by implementing an educational curriculum based on academic rigor, community-based learning, and the arts, combined with the mastery of real-world skills through job training and civic education programs. Civicorps runs a public charter high school that enrolls youth ages 18-24. Students in the Civicorps Academy participate in paid job training on environmental and community beautification projects. Their recycling program provides additional job training opportunities. Civicorps works to improve workforce development and education systems by providing paid job training, education, and real-world skills to help young adults learn important skills, earn credentials, and pursue jobs in their communities.

Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, aged 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 Adults Key to Obamacare in California

The California Report on May 23, 2013
Full Article here.

Most of us know someone who doesn’t have health insurance. In my case, it’s my little brother, David Kim.

David is 29-years-old and recently earned an advanced degree in international relations. He hasn’t been able to land a full-time job with health benefits. The two jobs he has now are temporary, and with such a precarious work situation, he just doesn’t think he can afford health insurance.

“I’m totally aware that if I get sick then I’m doomed financially,” Dave told me over a lunch break. “And maybe that’s not a very financially sound decision to make, but it is nonetheless a risk that, for the time being, I’m prepared to take.”

Young adults —18 to 34-year-olds — make up more than 40 percent of California’s uninsured, though they make up less than 30 percent of the population. And according to many health reform advocates, they’re the ones who could make or break Obamacare.

“If we get only sick people, and don’t get the young, healthy people into the insurance system, it’s going to mean premiums are much higher.”

“The success of this law really does depend on getting young people insured, and frankly getting everyone insured,” said Larry Levitt, a health policy and insurance expert for the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In less than five months, a key piece of Obamacare will go live: state-based insurance marketplaces, called Covered California here. That means millions of Californians looking for coverage for themselves or their families will be able to go online and enroll in qualified health plans regardless of their medical history. Many will get help from federal subsidies. But if the exchange doesn’t enroll enough young, healthy people, insurers will have to hike everyone’s premiums.

“Insurance premiums are set based on the pool of people who are buying coverage,” Levitt said. “If we get only sick people, and don’t get the young, healthy people into the insurance system, it’s going to mean premiums are much higher.”

On Thursday, Covered California released plans and premiums for 2014.

Obamacare’s Incentives for Young Adults

The health law has plenty of incentives to engage young people in insurance. They can stay on a parent’s health plan until they’re 26-years-old. Some will qualify for expanded Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for the poor. On Covered California, there will be federal tax credits to help people buy insurance. Individuals who make up to about $46,000 a year (or about $94,000 for a family of four) are eligible for the tax credits. People under 30 will also have the option of buying bare-bones, catastrophic plans with low premiums.

Tamika Butler shows off a mobile app that explains the federal health law's benefits for young people. Butler runs the California chapter of Young Invincibles, an advocacy group. (Mina Kim/KQED)

Tamika Butler shows off a mobile app that explains the federal health law’s benefits for young people. Butler runs the California chapter of Young Invincibles, an advocacy group. (Mina Kim/KQED)

Still, getting young adults to buy insurance won’t be easy, Levitt warns. The financial penalty for not having coverage next year is fairly small — $95 or one percent of income, whichever is greater. Also, fears abound that young people’s premiums will skyrocket because the health law limits the difference in price between plans for the young and old. And there’s still just a lot of confusion about health reform.

“This generation has very low levels of insurance literacy,” Tamika Butler tells me. She runs the Los Angeles-based chapter of Young Invincibles, a nonprofit advocacy group trying to get the word out about the health law’s benefits. Her group has launched a social media outreach campaign and a mobile app that helps people find and rate cheap health care and answer questions about the Affordable Care Act. According to Butler, young adults are gateways to getting hard-to-reach minority communities insured.

“Young adults are really the leaders of their communities, of their families,” Butler said. “You see it when there’s a young child translating for a parent at school, or helping them figure out a complicated financial aid form, and it’s the same for health care.”

Butler said it’s a misconception that most young people shun health insurance because they believe they’re indestructible. She says her groups’ polls and outreach activities have shown that the more young people learn about coverage, the more they want it.

Peter Lee who runs Covered California said the exchange is planning to launch a major media campaign aimed at young people this summer and to reach out to students on college campuses, at trade schools and those who work at low-wage jobs.

“We’ve been having focus groups, surveys and young people throughout California aren’t saying they don’t want to have health insurance,” Lee said. “They’re saying they can’t afford it, and they are looking for the security that health insurance provides.”

My brother David said he has felt a bit vulnerable without health coverage and will look into plans on the exchange.

“Just the other day I went ice skating,” David said. “I went at the wall like full speed, and my skate edge slipped. I almost [went] face first into the wall, and at that point I was reminded that I don’t have health insurance.”

Covered California officials unveiled Thursday, a list of the health plans and rates they expect to offer on the exchange in October. The enrollment period will run through March 2014.

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