FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 11, 2013
Contact: Colin Seeberger, firstname.lastname@example.org, 214.223.2913
Young Invincibles’ Statement on Improved November Enrollment Numbers
Over 1.1 Million Americans Have Been Able to Get Covered Under the Affordable Care Act; Another 1.9 Million Users Have Completed the Application Process
[WASHINGTON]—According to an announcement from the Department of Health & Human Services, since October 1, nearly 365,000 individuals have enrolled in a health insurance plan on both federal and state managed marketplaces. The Department also announced that an additional 800,000 have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. Enrollment data broken down by age was not released with this announcement.
Aaron Smith, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Young Invincibles released the following statement on the announcement:
“We are encouraged by the clear improvements that have been made to the Healthcare.gov user experience and increased enrollment rates we saw in November. With almost 1.2 million now covered and an additional 1.9 million consumers having completed the application process, we are confident we will continue to see progress through the month of December. Evidence shows that the enrollment process for young adults takes more time; because of their health literacy gap, we anticipate our education effort and enrollment gains to peak as we get closer to March 31.”
HHS’s announcement comes a week after a new Gallup poll found that uninsured people under 30 said that they are more likely to get covered sometime in the next year than those uninsured individuals over the age of 30. This younger segment of the uninsured also indicated that they were less likely to opt to pay the penalty for foregoing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone have health insurance.
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.