Senate Calls for Special Enrollment Window for Pregnant Women

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March 3, 2015

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org
Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org

On the heels of more than three dozen U.S. senators sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to urge a special enrollment period for pregnant women who lack maternity coverage, Young Invincibles has issued the following response from Christina Postolowski, health policy manager and author of the report, Without Maternity Coverage:

“We’re thrilled to see a growing chorus of leaders, including 37 U.S. Senators, call on the Administration to make maternity coverage available to pregnant women year-round. It’s unacceptable that pregnant women without maternity coverage could face more than $23,000 in medical costs – or worse, suffer severe health consequences or death.”

For further background, please see the attached infographic that highlights the financial and health consequences facing pregnant women who lack pre-natal care today. Christina Postolowski is available to discuss our lobby efforts and research findings on this issue as well, as outlined in her report, Without Maternity Coverage.

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Young Invincibles Commends Decision to End Contracts With Five Debt Collectors That Misled Student Borrowers

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March 2, 2015

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org
Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org

In response to the Department of Education’s decision to wind down contracts with five debt collectors that gave inaccurate information to student loan borrowers, Young Invincibles has issued the following statement from Policy Director Jennifer Wang:

“Young people have told us for years that private debt collectors refuse to play by the rules and use deceptive tactics that jeopardize their financial security. We commend the Department of Education’s decision to end the contracts of five debt collectors that have mistreated distressed student loan borrowers: fewer people will be faced with harmful debt collection practices that hurt their credit reports, and mislead them about their options to get out of default.”

For further background on Young Invincibles’ position, please reference this public comment that we submitted to the CFPB earlier. The comment includes stories about student borrower struggles. Thank you.

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College Students From Across Ohio to Lobby Legislature to Restore Higher Education Funding to Pre-Recession Levels

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February 24, 2015

Contact:

Sarah Lovenheim: Sarah.Lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585.746.8281

[Columbus] – Ohio has slashed spending per college student by 10 percent since the Great Recession. This week, college students from across Ohio are fighting back. At a press conference next to the Statehouse on Wednesday, roughly 100 college students will call on their state legislators to bring the state’s higher education back to pre-Recession levels.

Following the press conference, the students will visit state legislators and highlight the impact of disinvestment in higher education — and ask for investment to return to pre-recesssion levels.

The day of action will include member meetings that will give students an opportunity to connect directly with key lawmakers to share how they are impacted by cuts to higher education.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 25, 11 a.m. ET

WHAT: Press conference ahead of afternoon meetings with lawmakers.

WHERE: The Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215, Room 1920 (19th floor)

WHO:
Justin Yeater of Young Invincibles
Rob Lierenz of Kent State
Kevin McNair of the Ohio Student Association
Rep. Dan Ramos (OH-56)
Rep. Kathleen Clyde (OH-75)

The event is timed to a national week of action that is part of a national Young Invincibles campaign — dubbed the Student Impact Project — to get state legislatures across the country reinvesting in higher education.

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with a policy expert ahead of Wednesday’s day of action.

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HHS Denies Health Care Enrollment Opportunity to Pregnant Women

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February 20, 2015

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585-746-8281
Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

Young Invincibles Urges HHS to Issue Immediate Guidance to Give Women Access to Maternity Care

[WASHINGTON]–Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule without creating a special enrollment period for pregnant women to enroll in health insurance when they need it. In December, 20 organizations – including Young Invincibles – asked HHS to create a special enrollment period for pregnant women who lack access to maternity coverage. The Department has left open the possibility of issuing guidance to name additional qualifying life events for Special Enrollment.

Christina Postolowski, Health Policy Manager at Young Invincibles released the following statement in response to the new 2016 Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule.

“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. 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.”

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Young Invincibles, And Top Health Advocates To Host Valentine’s Day-Themed Health Care Sign-Up Events During Final Stretch of Open Enrollment

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Februrary 12, 2015

 

CONTACTS: 

Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org585.746.8281

 

[WASHINGTON] – On Saturday, February 14, 2015, Young Invincibles and top health care advocates working across the state, will help host a health care enrollment event to drive Millennial sign-ups during the final week of Open Enrollment. The event comes on the heels of new enrollment data released by HHS that includes state-by-state demographic breakdowns, and ahead of the final deadline to get covered this season: February 15.

Individuals who forgo health insurance may have to pay a penalty of $325 or 2% of income, whichever is higher. Since young adults end up in the emergency room more than any other age group (except the elderly), this health care fair presents — for many Millennials in the area — a final opportunity sign up for low-cost insurance with in-person assistance before the season ends. Most Millennials are eligible for tax discounts.

 

Saturday, February 14 & Sunday, February 15

WHAT: Health Care Fairs With Valentine’s Day Theme

LOCATION/TIME: Joe Celestin Center (1525 NW 135 Street, North Miami, FL 33167), from 10 a.m.-3 p.m

 

About Young Invincibles

Young Invincibles is a national non-profit Millennial research and advocacy group, with offices across the country. The organization is non-partisan and works to advance economic opportunity for young adults, aged 18 to 34, on issues ranging from access to health care to unemployment.

 

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with a policy or organizing expert ahead of events this weekend.

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Young Invincibles And Commonwealth Covered To Host Valentine’s Day-Themed Health Care Sign-Up Event During Final Stretch of Open Enrollment

Young Invincibles And Commonwealth Covered To Host Valentine’s Day-Themed Health Care Sign-Up Event During Final Stretch of Open Enrollment

The Event is Timed to the Final Week of Open Enrollment Season

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Februrary 10, 2015

 

CONTACTS: 

Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org585.746.8281

 

[WASHINGTON] – On Saturday, February 14, 2015, Young Invincibles and the College of William and Mary Chapter “Commonwealth Covered” will host a health care enrollment event to drive Millennial sign-ups, in particular, during the final week of Open Enrollment. The event comes on the heels of new enrollment data released by HHS that includes state-by-state demographic breakdowns, and ahead of the final deadline to get covered this season:February 15. Individuals who forgo health insurance may have to pay a penalty of $325 or 2% of income, whichever is higher.

Since young adults end up in the emergency room more than any other age group (except the elderly), this health care fair presents — for many Millennials in the area — a final opportunity sign up for low-cost insurance with in-person assistance before the season ends. Most Millennials are eligible for tax discounts.

Saturday, February 14

WHAT: Health Care Fair With Valentine’s Day Theme

LOCATION/TIME: Rappahannock Community College (1745 College Drive, Saluda, VA), from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

 

About Commonwealth Covered

Commonwealth Covered is a student-led group, with students from the College of William and Mary, that volunteers in the community by mobilizing young people across the state to increase access to healthcare.  The group channels students’ passion for service towards improving the health of the region.

 

About Young Invincibles

Young Invincibles is a non-profit Millennial research and advocacy group, based in Washington D.C. with offices across the country. The organization is non-partisan and works to advance economic opportunity for young adults, aged 18 to 34, on issues ranging from access to health care to unemployment.

 

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with a policy or organizing expert ahead of Saturday’s event.

 

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Unemployment Rate for Black Millennials Continues Uptick, Despite Broader Job Gains

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February 6, 2015
 
Contacts: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org214.223.2913

 
Unemployment Rate for Black Millennials Up for Third Straight Month, Despite Broader Job Gains

[WASHINGTON]—As the national unemployment rate rose slightly from 5.6 in December to 5.7 percent in January and the economy added 257,000 jobs, the unemployment rate for 18 to 34 year-olds fell slightly to 7.8 percent in January from 7.9 percent in December (seasonably adjusted).

Black young adults still face an unemployment rate that’s more than two and a half times higher than their white peers, 15.5 percent compared to 5.7 percent, respectively. To help close this divide, Congress should pass many of the important job training investments President Obama called for in his budget, including expanding apprenticeships and connecting unemployed young people who are not in school to education and the workforce.

Here are more details on how different populations of young people fared relative to the overall workforce in January 2015:

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• The unemployment rate for Black/African American young adults ages 18 to 34 in January is 15.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted), up from 14.8 percent in December.

• The unemployment rate for Hispanic/Latino young adults ages 18 to 34 in January is 9 percent (not seasonally adjusted), up from 7.8 percent in December.

• The unemployment rate for white young adults ages 18 to 34 in January is 7.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted), up from 5.6 percent in December.

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“A Significant Step Toward Justice for Corinthian Students”

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February 3, 2015

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585.746.8281
Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

[WASHINGTON]–Jennifer Wang, Policy Director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement in response to the Administration announcing that it has secured $480 million in debt relief for current and former Corinthian College students.

“For far too long, some education companies have used deceitful tactics to manipulate students into taking out high-cost private student loans. Today, the CFPB and Department of Education’s agreement to forgive more than $480 million in student debt from Corinthian College’s private loan program is a significant step toward justice for these students. We hope that the government will continue to work toward protecting students from unscrupulous practices.”

Please be in touch to speak with a policy expert on staff.

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Big Health Care Fair in Westchester: “Bringing Healthy Back”


TODAY: WCC Single Stop and Young Invincibles Kick Off National Youth Enrollment Day 2015 With Big Event, “Bringing Healthy Back”

Media Invited, January 29, 2015, 11am- 2pm

Contact: sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, Communications Director

Valhalla, NY- Westchester Community College’s (WCC’s) Single Stop and Young Invincibles, a millennial think tank and advocacy group, are celebrating the 2015 spring semester with a grand celebration called National Youth Enrollment Day 2015, Bringing Healthy Back! The objective of the event is to encourage students to sign up for health insurance ahead of the February 15 Open Enrollment deadline and take the first step in a journey towards total health. The goal is to get students healthy—financially, physically, emotionally and mentally.

At the National Youth Enrollment Day 2015, Bringing Healthy Back! event, students can enroll in new affordable health insurance plans through the NY State of Health Marketplace, meet with a nutritionist, or a health and wellness coach. The event will include FREE healthy snacks, giveaways, prize drawings, and fitness for WCC students. Single Stop partners, such as Young Invincibles, will be on hand throughout the event to provide one-on-one consultations about their health plan options. Young Invincibles’ Navigators will also be available to help people understand their options and enroll in insurance. Representatives from local financial firms will also be on site to provide students with information on banking and credit management.

About Single Stop
Single Stop USA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals achieve financial self-sufficiency and economic mobility. WCC partnered with Single Stop in 2012 and is located in the Gateway Center, rooms G134 and G136 on the Valhalla campus. Single Stop bridges education with FREE funding streams, including: financial advisement, health insurance enrollment, supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), unemployment benefits, child care assistance, legal services and tax filing/preparation. Single Stop helps to provide a bridge of stability for students and their families while educational goals are pursued.

About Young Invincibles
Young Invincibles is a national non-profit that began in 2009, out of the recognition that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. A group of Georgetown law students turned their ideas to engage 18 to 34 year-olds in top policy questions into a nationwide conversation that gave Young Invincibles its start. Today, Young Invincibles continues to work to elevate the voices of young Americans in major policy debates surrounding three key issues: health care, jobs and higher education. Young Invincibles provides policy analysis, shares stories with lawmakers and media, and drives campaigns to inform and mobilize Millennials to change the status quo. It is also part of the Community Service Society of New York’s Navigator Network, providing free in-person health insurance enrollment assistance in New York State.

For more information on WCC Single Stop, call 914-606-6725 or Young Invincibles at 914-458-2294.

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Young Invincibles, United Way, & Cognosante to Host Health Care Education & Enrollment Party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Mark National Youth Enrollment Day

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:

January 29, 2015

CONTACTS:

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

Young Invincibles, United Way, & Cognosante to Host Health Care Education & Enrollment Party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Mark National Youth Enrollment Day

More Than 200 Events Across the Country Will Encourage Millennials to Sign Up for Health Care Coverage This Week

[CLEVELAND]–On Thursday, January 29, 2015, Young Invincibles, United Way of Greater Cleveland, and Cognosante will host a health care education and enrollment party to educate uninsured Millennials about new low-cost health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act.

Roughly 1 in 5 young adults aged 18 to 34 still lack health insurance. National Youth Enrollment Day is an annual day of action featuring dozens of national, state, and local organizations hosting events to educate Millennials about their new low-cost health insurance options and help them get enrolled. This second annual day of action comes before the last day of Open Enrollment on February 15, 2015.

WHAT: Health care education and enrollment party for Millennials

WHO: Young Invincibles, United Way of Greater Cleveland, and Cognosante

WHERE: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1100 East 9th Street Cleveland, OH 44114)

WHEN: January 29, 2015 from 11am-4pm

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