Armonk Daily Voice: Obamacare Enrollment Is Focus Of Armonk Talk

By Tom Auchterlonie

“Open enrollment for health insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act was the focus of a recent discussion in Armonk. The speakers gathered at the North Castle Public Library earlier this month to discuss qualifications and initiatives. The act goes by alternative names, including Obamacare and the ACA.” Read more here.

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RNN TV: Obamacare Battle: A Look At The Long Road Ahead

RNN TV’s Richard French talks to a panel including Young Invincibles’ Senior Strategic Advisor & Co-Founder Aaron Smith ahead of this year’s second open enrollment period about the future of health care reform:

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New Survey Finds 41 Percent of Marketplace Visitors Were 19- to 34-Years-Old

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 9, 2014

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

New Survey Finds 41 Percent of Marketplace Visitors Were 19- to 34-Years-Old

Young Adults’ Interaction with the Marketplace Is Encouraging Ahead of an Anticipated Enrollment Surge In the Coming Months

[WASHINGTON]—According to a new survey by the Commonwealth Fund, 41 percent of federal and state health insurance marketplace visitors were between the ages of 19 and 34. The survey also found that nearly 6 in 10 of these shoppers indicated that they intend to enroll or check their eligibility to qualify for monthly tax credits by March 31, 2014, which could make premiums more affordable for up to 9 million of the country’s currently uninsured young adults.

“We are thrilled to see this survey’s results reflect what we are seeing on the ground everyday—young people, many for the first time, are excited to have access to affordable coverage,” said Aaron Smith, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “We are pleased to see that young people, who have lower rates of health insurance literacy, are doing their homework on how they could qualify for free or reduced-cost coverage options.“

Mass Enrollment Map

Source: New England Journal of Medicine

“It’s a positive sign to see young adults engaged this early in the enrollment process. We know from Massachusetts’ enrollment experience that enrollment rates among the non-chronically ill population spiked in the months preceding the individual mandate, so we look forward to seeing these numbers continue to rise.”

Consumers can calculate what kind of savings they may be eligible for by downloading Young Invincbiles’ recently updated mobile application, Healthy Young America, at the iTunes or Google Play stores. For more information about the mobile app, please visit http://app.healthyyoungamerica.org.

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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 Announces Video Contest to Educate Young People About New Affordable Insurance Options

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 19, 2013

Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org, 214-223-2913

HHS Launches Partnership and Video Contest with Young Invincibles

Houston, TX – Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Young Invincibles announced the Healthy Young America Video Contest in an effort to inform young people about health insurance coverage and new options under the Affordable Care Act. The public can submit entries and vote for their favorite videos atwww.healthyyoungamerica.org.

“For millions of young people, health insurance hasn’t been an option because it’s always been out of reach—because it costs too much, or isn’t offered through a job,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The Health Insurance Marketplace gives uninsured young people the opportunity to enroll in affordable health insurance, and the Healthy Young America video contest is meant to tell their stories to other young people and help them find the security of health insurance they deserve.”

Over 19 million young adults across the country lack basic health insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act promises to make health care more affordable and accessible for millions of young adults across the country. Already, about 3 million previously uninsured young adults have joined their parents’ health insurance plan. Over the coming years, as many as 17 million more could be eligible for free or reduced-cost coverage as states expand their Medicaid programs and young adults access new tax credits through online exchanges.

“The Millennial generation has always been a creative generation, which is why we are so pleased to partner with HHS in launching the Healthy Young America video contest. Educating millions of young people about changes coming this year is vital to helping them achieve economic security,” Aaron Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “This competition will engage young people by reaching them through a medium that they prefer to use when sharing and receiving content.”

Young Invincibles is in the midst of a nationwide campaign designed to inform this generation about coming changes and new options. The campaign includes health care “train the trainers” to ensure that community leaders are informed about new changes; a website with FAQs to educate consumers and advocates; outreach and enrollment events this fall: and a mobile app that help consumers learn about their options and find local health care services.

Young people can access a variety of online and in-person tools to get answers to their questions and on October 1st, enroll in health insurance. Consumers can learn about and enroll in coverage later this fall through HealthCare.gov. Last week, HHS announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants and more than 100 national organizations and businesses who have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the Marketplace.

Additionally, people can call the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center and get answers to their questions in 150 languages. More than 1,200 community health centers across the country are preparing to help enroll uninsured Americans in coverage, and a partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help trusted local libraries be a resource for consumers who want information on their options. In addition, HHS has begun training other individuals who will be providing in-person assistance, such as agents and brokers and certified application counselors.

For contest rules, to submit a video or vote for your favorite video, go to healthyyoungamerica.org.

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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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