Young Invincibles Urges Congress to Protect Funding For Pell Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2014

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585-746-8281;
Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214-223-2913

The Senate Appropriations Committee is considering slashing two billion dollars from federal Pell grant funding. Pell grants help nearly 9 million students across the country afford a higher education each year.

Young Invincibles — the national non-profit organization that works to expand economic opportunity for Millennials — has released the following statement from its Executive Director, Jen Mishory, in response:

“The Pell grant is crucial to making higher education more accessible for millions of students. With tuition and student debt soaring, cutting the Pell grant – one of America’s best social mobility programs – could keep some of the 9 million low-income Pell students from affording college. Congress should reject any proposal that would include these cuts because they are a direct threat to our economic growth.”

When many members of Congress were going to college in the 1980s, the Pell grant covered more than half of the cost of college. Today, Pell covers just over one-third of college costs.

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with one of our policy experts, a Pell grant recipient, or if you have any questions.

Young Invincibles, as part of the Save Pell Coalition, sent a letter to members of the Senate Appropriations Committees, urging senators to protect funding for the Pell grant. To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

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Hundreds of Thousands Of Young Californians Still Excluded From Affordable Care Act Benefits


Young Invincibles’ Releases Its Open Enrollment Game Plan To Educate Young Immigrants About Their Health Care Options, And Push Lawmakers To Expand Coverage For All Young Californians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2014

Contacts:
Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213.221.7326
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585-746-8281

[Los Angeles] — Today, President Obama is expected to announce an executive order on immigration. As national dialogue focuses on the importance of immigrants in today’s society, Young Invincibles’ has released a memo, detailing just how many young immigrants in the Golden State lack health insurance, and why insurance is so critical not just to their health, but to California’s economy.

Attached is the memo that provides these facts, along with the Young Invincibles’ game plan to educate and enroll young immigrants in health coverage plans statewide, and to urge state leaders to expand health access for all undocumented individuals. Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants lack health insurance. This Open Enrollment, Young Invincibles – focusing its educational and advocacy efforts in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento – will work aggressively to change that.

Linda Leu, California Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles, addressing today’s outlook for young undocumented Californians, said:

“Young undocumented Californians represent a significant portion of the state’s population and workforce, and will be an indispensable part of the state’s future. Yet hundreds of thousands lack access to the most basic health coverage necessary to live productive lives. Young Invincibles calls upon California policymakers to consider this vital need as President Obama prepares to announce an executive order on Immigration. This Open Enrollment season, Young Invincibles will continue working with Governor Brown and state legislative leaders to move forward with expanding coverage for all Californians, so that our state can continue to lead the way on health care reform.”

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with a policy expert, or have questions.

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Health Advocates To Release Report Outlining The Impact Of Florida’s Failure To Expand Coverage For Young Floridians



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 18, 2014

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org;
Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org
Athena Ford Smith, athena@floridachain.org

(ORLANDO) — Four major health advocacy groups — Young Invincibles, Florida CHAIN, Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc. and Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando — will convene a press conference today at noon to urge newly elected state officials to commit to closing Florida’s coverage gap. On the heels of Open Enrollment, nearly one million Floridians could remain uninsured because
Florida’s lawmakers have failed to close the health coverage gap.

At the press conference, Young Invincibles and Florida CHAIN will release a new report, highlighting the consequences of Florida’s inaction on young people’s health, and the state’s economy.

Cristina Rivera of Young Invincibles said of the report, “This brief looks at Florida’s choice to ignore the state’s health care coverage gap, and how that will impact young Floridians. More than one-third of the nearly one million Floridians in the gap are between the ages of 18 and 34. Uninsured young adults are more likely to delay or ignore needed medical care and struggle with medical bills or debt than their insured peers, which can harm their health, education, and job prospects.”

In addition to presenting their report findings at the press conference, Young Invinicbles and Florida CHAIN will unveil a new exhibit called Lives on the Line — a collection of more than 60 photographs showing the faces of people stuck in Florida’s coverage gap, as a way to demonstrate the diversity of people affected by Florida’s choice.

“These photos are a powerful reminder that the nearly 1 million Floridians stuck in the gap are real people,” said Athena Ford Smith of Florida CHAIN of the new photography exhibit. “They are working moms and dads, students, veterans, unemployed workers and others. Each one of them deserves the security of knowing they can see a doctor when they need to without the fear of enormous medical bills.”

Planned Parenthood, which provides over 21,000 healthcare visits per years at Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Orange County, is deeply concerned that the majority of people it connects with during these visits lack health coverage. “We provide over 21, 000 healthcare visits per year at our Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Orange County and in a recent survey, we found that 60% of those patients fall in the Florida health coverage gap,” said Anna Eskamani, Director of External Affairs of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando.

Here are more details regarding tomorrow’s press conference:

WHAT: Press conference, featuring Lives on the Line and a new policy report, The Health Coverage Gap and Young Floridians, providing Millennial-specific Census data.

WHEN: TODAY at noon

WHERE: Park Lake Presbyterian Church, 309 East Colonial Drive, Orlando

WHO: Orlando residents stuck in the Florida coverage gap are expected to share their story, Anna Eskamani, Director of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando; Cristina Rivera, Young Invincibles; Josephine Mercado, Executive Director, Hispanic Health Initiatives; Athena Smith Ford, Advocacy Director, Florida CHAIN

The press conference is sponsored by Health Care for Florida Now, a coalition of nearly 100 organizations across the state dedicated to ensuring Florida takes advantage of this unprecedented opportunity.

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As Lawmakers Are Sworn In, Health Advocates Rally To Say: Close The Coverage Gap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2014

Contacts: Sarah Lovenheim: sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org
Athena Ford Smith: athena@floridachain.org

(ORLANDO) – Local and national leaders, health care advocates, and people stuck in the Florida Coverage Gap will gather at Park Lake Presbyterian Church on November 18th to call on lawmakers to close the Florida Coverage Gap. They’ll be joined by a powerful visual: dozens of photographs (similar to the one attached) will hang in the background on the same day lawmakers in Tallahassee have their first official duties of the new session. A policy brief highlighting new Census data showcasing the rate of young Floridians who fall into the coverage gap by demographic and location will be provided at the event.

WHAT: Press conference featuring Lives on the Line, over 60 photographs of people stuck in the Florida Coverage Gap, plus new policy brief with Millennial-specific Census data.

WHEN: 12:00 NOON on Tuesday, November 18th, the same day lawmakers in Tallahassee hold their organizing session

WHERE: Park Lake Presbyterian Church, 309 East Colonial Drive, Orlando

WHO: Orlando residents stuck in the Florida coverage gap are expected to share their story, Anna Eskamani, Director of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando; Cristina Rivera, Young Invincibles; Josephine Mercado, Executive Director, Hispanic Health Initiatives; Athena Smith Ford, Advocacy Director, Florida CHAIN

The Florida Coverage Gap was created by the failure of Florida lawmakers to accept more than $50 billion made available to our state by the Affordable Care Act so that Floridians making around the poverty line or less could get access to health care coverage.

The photographs are part of a traveling project called Lives on the Line that captures the real people stuck in the Florida Coverage Gap. They’ve been collected from clinics and town centers across the state and will be displayed in multiple cities before eventually making their way to the Capitol. This Orlando press conference will be the first time these photos are displayed together.

Drawing on new Census data, the policy brief — to be released by Florida CHAIN and Young Invincibles — will highlight who would benefit from Florida closing its coverage gap by demographic and location, and provide context on Florida’s legislative debate as it impacts young adults.

Leaving nearly a million Floridians uninsured is hurting Florida’s economy. Our state’s own
Revenue Estimating Conference concluded that even though Florida would eventually kick in a small share of the costs of coverage, taking this deal would be an enormous fiscal win for our state. In fact, the decision to leave these people uninsured is costing Florida nearly a half billion dollars a year.

The press conference is sponsored by Health Care for Florida Now, a coalition of nearly 100 organizations across the state dedicated to ensuring Florida takes advantage of this unprecedented opportunity.

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Young Invincibles And SRA International To Kick Off Open Enrollment With A Health Care Fair For Millennials



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 13, 2014

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585.746.8281
Tatiana Denson, densont.eacsra@gmail.com

(TAMPA) – On Saturday, November 15, Young Invincibles will join SRA International — an organization that assists in Marketplace enrollment — for a Day of Action around new health insurance plans for young adults. Beginning on this day, young adults across the state can select new affordable health plans on the Federal Marketplace at healthcare.gov. This event will include presentations about health care plans and free enrollment assistance over live entertainment, food and free health screenings. All members of the public are welcome, and Millennial policy experts will be on hand to take media questions.

Here are details:

WHEN: 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Tampa Enrollment Assistance Center; 4816 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33603

WHO: Elected officials, enrollment assisters and health experts, including Cristina Calvillo-Rivera, State Outreach Coordinator of Young Invincibles. Please be in touch if you would like to speak with a policy expert in advance of the event.

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Young Invincibles and NAACP to Equip Students With ACA Enrollment Information During Get HYPE College Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 12, 2014

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585.746.8281
Michelle Nealy, mnealy@naacpnet.org, 443.562.4233

(HOUSTON) – The Get H.Y.P.E. (Healthy Young People Everywhere) College Tour is bringing three special events to the University of Houston – Downtown to empower college students to get serious about their health and encourage them to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. This three-part event will offer a free Zumba class and line dancing to get participants moving, a press conference to discuss the Affordable Care Act open enrollment–featuring the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta, and a dynamic Town Hall event.

The Town Hall will focus on the most pressing problems for young people today. College students and other young adults are dealing with high college costs, student loan debt, community violence and the additional challenge of being uninsured. The interactive panel will pull questions from the audience and dive into a number of issues that run the gamut of what youth and young adults are facing today. Information will be available on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and organizational strategies for their communities. Media outlets interesting in attending the press conference must register here: http://action.naacp.org/page/s/press-credentials–get-hype-college-tour .

Who: Katherine Archuleta, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Jennifer White, Manager of Health Programs & Partnerships for the NAACP, Ashley Lawson, University of Houston-Downtown NAACP Youth & College President; John Locke, Student Government Association President at University of Houston Downtown; José Sanchez, Acting Southern Director, Young Invincibles.

When/Where: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Get HYPE Block Party
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
University of Houston – Downtown
South Deck (Inside 1 Main Building)
1 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Press Conference
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
University of Houston – Downtown
1 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Town Hall
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
University of Houston – Downtown
1 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

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Racial Disparities in Millennial Unemployment Rate Widen Despite Improved Overall Rate for Young Adults

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 7, 2014

Contact: Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 585.746.8281

[WASHINGTON]— As the national unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.8 percent and the economy added 214,000 jobs in October, the unemployment rate for 18 to 34 year-olds dipped slightly to 8.2 percent from 8.6 percent in September (seasonably adjusted). However, the gap between the unemployment rate for white young adults and black young adults widened.

Black young adults face an unemployment rate that’s more than twice as high as their white peers, 15.8 percent compared to 6.5 percent, respectively. We’d like to see the next Congress pass policies that could change this. As our recent report – Closing the Race Gap – showed, there are several policies that could help narrow these disparities.

For older Millennial workers, aged 25 to 34, the employment-population ratio — or the percent of the age group with jobs — increased to 76.2 percent, its highest level since December 2008.

October chart

Here is more information on how different populations of young adults fared relative to the overall workforce in October 2014.

• The unemployment rate for Black/African American young adults ages 18 to 34 in October is 15.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted), down from 16.2 percent in September.

• The unemployment rate for Hispanic/Latino young adults ages 18 to 34 in September is 8.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted), down from 8.8 percent in September.

• The unemployment rate for white young adults ages 18 to 34 in September is 6.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted), up from 7.2 percent in September.

Please be in touch if you would like to speak with one of our Millennial policy experts.

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Statement in Response to For-Profit College Lobby Suing Administration Over Gainful Employment Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 6, 2014

Contact: Sarah Lovenheim, sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org, 202.734.6536
Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214.223.2913

Rory O’Sullivan, Deputy Director of Young Invincibles and a lead student advocate on the Department of Education’s gainful employment rule-making panel, released the following statement on the for-profit college lobby’s decision to sue the Administration over the final rule:

“The for-profit college lobby’s decision to sue the Administration today is just another baseless attempt to help bad actors evade accountability on the backs of students and taxpayers. The gainful employment rule should be stronger, but is still a step to hold poorly performing programs accountable.”

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OBAMACARE’S SECOND YEAR: Experts Discuss Health Coverage Disparities Among Children And Young Adults In New York, And How To End Them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2014

OBAMACARE’S SECOND YEAR:

Experts Discuss Health Coverage Disparities Among Children And Young Adults In New York, And How To End Them

Contacts:
Sarah Lovenheim: 585-746-8281sarah.lovenheim@younginvincibles.org
Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra: 212-697-0942lgonzalez@childrensdefense.org

Westchester, New York – Ahead of Open Enrollment, health experts and advocates will present on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in New York State, and its impact on young New Yorkers. New York State has made great strides in reducing its uninsured rate for children – from 8% to less than 6% – since the NY State of Health opened for business. However, roughly 16 percent of young adults in New York are uninsured and the uninsurance rate among young Hispanics, aged 18 to 34, is 26 percent.

New options for health coverage mark an opportunity to eliminate health coverage disparities for marginalized communities. Please RSVP below to hear from top health care experts and advocates, who will discuss ways they plan to address these disparities in November during Open Enrollment, and beyond.

When:
Monday, November 10th, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Who:
Featuring speakers from Young Invincibles and the Children’s Defense Fund – New York. Tailored for New York City media and press. Open to experts, advocates and front-line healthcare communicators.

Where:
North Castle Library – 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk, NY 10504

RSVP:
Please contact Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra or Sarah Lovenheim to reserve your slot.

This event is being hosted by the Children Youth & Families Taskforce of Healthcare for All New York and is supported by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies. 

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Weak Gainful Employment Rule Leaves Students Vulnerable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 31, 2014
 

Obama Administration Weakens Student Protections Against Predatory Career Programs

[WASHINGTON]–Today, the Obama Administration released its final Gainful Employment rule, which seeks to hold poorly performing career programs accountable to students and taxpayers. The regulation is substantially weaker than the draft proposal released by the Department earlier this year and does not go far enough to protect students from predatory institutions. In particular, the final rule scrapped a critical metric that would hold programs with extreme drop-out rates accountable.

The Obama Administration deserves credit for releasing a final rule that provides at least some protection for students after years of intense lobbying from companies seeking to evade accountability. We also appreciate the creation of an interagency task force to increase oversight of for-profit institutions. In light of the weakened rule, we urge the Administration to immediately take additional steps to enforce current laws and strengthen student protections, and to ensure the task force leads to concrete next steps toward greater accountability.

Rory O’Sullivan, Deputy Director of Young Invincibles and lead negotiator representing students during the negotiated rulemaking said, “We are deeply disappointed that the Administration did not go further to protect students from deceptive practices and failed programs. The final rule contains giant loopholes, leaving many students at huge financial risk.”

The final rule:

  • Fails to regulate dropout factories, where students take on debt, but rarely attain degrees.

  • Fails to provide financial relief to students who attended failing programs, essentially using students as guinea pigs to determine whether a program is successful.

  • Fails to prevent failing programs from continuing to enroll students.

We hope that the Administration takes the student voice into account while they implement the rule, and look forward to continued efforts from all stakeholders, including Congress, to do more to protect students and taxpayers from predatory recruiting, sky-high debt, and worthless degrees. In addition, states have taken an increasingly active role in regulating poor performing schools, and we hope that work continues.

“There has been a bipartisan effort in the states to crack down on predatory behavior at the worst performing institutions. We thank in particular attorneys general who have picked up where federal efforts have fallen short and taken legal action against a number of the worst performing schools, and we urge the remaining states to act now,” O’Sullivan said.

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