Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wants to Make Your Student Loans Cheaper

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to allow student borrowers to refinance at the new, lower rate if their loans are still set to the old, higher rate. On Wednesday, she introduced a proposal in Congress, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, that would do just that. …  According to Young Invincibles, the bill would provide relief to more than 25 million student loan borrowers.” Read more at Attn.

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Let pregnant women sign up for Obamacare outside open enrollment window, say city controller, state lawmakers

“Women who do not get prenatal care are three to four times more likely to die of complications than women who do, according to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures. ‘For expectant mothers, for newborns, this care is critical,’ said Christina Postolowski, a health policy manager at advocacy group Young Invincibles.” Read more at New York Daily News.

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#BlackLivesMatter: Is Our Health Care System Fundamentally Racist?

“According to data from Young Invincibles, a policy group focused on health care reform for young adults, African-Americans ages 18 to 34 have, historically, been disproportionately uninsured — and one of the populations most significantly impacted by the Affordable Care Act (or ACA, known by many colloquially as Obamacare). Since the implementation of ACA, about half a million young African-Americans have gained access to health insurance because they are now able to remain on their parents’ plan through age 26. An additional 1.8 million uninsured young adult African-Americans could be eligible for tax credits for lower premiums and an additional 1.7 million could be eligible for free or low-cost Medicaid coverage if all states were to participate in the ACA’s Medicaid expansion program (currently just 27 do).” Read more here at Yahoo Health.

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Should pregnant women be able to sign up for ‘Obamacare’ coverage outside open enrollment period?

‘We believe the Department of Health and Human Services can and should fix this problem. The average cost of maternity care and delivery without complications is $23, 000,” said Christina Postolowski, health policy manager at Young Invincibles. “HHS has stood on the side of expanding access to coverage for millions of people – that shouldn’t change now. We urge the Department to issue immediate guidance to classify pregnancy as a trigger for Special Enrollment.’ Read more at the Times-Picayune.

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The Cost of Insuring Pregnant Women

“That summer, not by coincidence, several wonkish millennials in Washington decided that people in their age group should have an organization to represent them. They formed a nonprofit around this notion, calling it, cheekily, Young Invincibles. Since then, the organization has, among other initiatives, pushed for programs to make college more affordable and for federal investment in job training. It has also continued to pay attention to Obamacare.” Read more here at The New Yorker.

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Between student debt and part-time work, what Millennials should do now to save for retirement

Watch Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles and David John, Senior Policy Adviser at AARP, discuss Millennials and retirement here.

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Should Pregnancy Be A ‘Qualifying Life Event’ For Insurance Coverage?

“Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) led 54 members of Congress in a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish pregnancy as a “qualifying life event,” triggering a 60-day special open enrollment period in the federal health insurance exchange for women who have become pregnant.

This action comes just weeks after a coalition of over 20 organizations including the March of Dimes, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Planned Parenthood, and Young Invincibles began lobbying the Obama administration and HHS to amend its current policy regarding open enrollment for insurance through the Healthcare.gov marketplace, asking that a special enrollment period (SEP) be granted that allows women to enroll in an insurance plan upon learning of a pregnancy.” Read more here at Yahoo News.

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Sens. Urge Covered Calif. To Make Pregnancy a ‘Qualifying Life Event’

“Christina Postolowski — health policy manager at Young Invincibles, which supports the push to include pregnancy as a qualifying event — said that California’s decision could influence federal policy. She said, ‘California doesn’t have to wait for the federal government to act. They can … make this change now.’” Read more here.

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Black Unemployment Rate 2015: In Better Economy, African-Americans See Minimal Gains

“Across the American economy, the dominant story during the past several months has been a sustained recovery that resuscitated a dormant job market and the accompanying unemployment rate that has plunged below pre-Great Recession levels. But if better days are here for many workers, this feeling is shared to a lesser degree by African-Americans, whose unemployment rate is still considered high and has long been double the rate for whites. Among black working-age people, however, the unemployment rate since February 2014 has dropped more quickly than among nonblack workers.” Read more here.

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Gov. Rauer’s Illinois spending cuts plan: “admirable” or stressful?

“Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts for Illinois have a lot of people up in arms. But David From, director of the Illinois chapter of Americans For Prosperity, says the governor’s tough stance on spending is a breath of fresh air.” Read more here.

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