Young Invincibles’ Statement on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 10, 2014

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

Young Invincibles’ Statement on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation

[WASHINGTON]—Today, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation. Sebelius has served as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services since the beginning of the Obama Administration and has overseen the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“From her days as Kansas Governor to her service as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, no one has been a more steadfast champion on behalf of the uninsured than Secretary Sebelius,” said Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “She was a driving force behind the greatest expansion of health care coverage in the United States since the 1960s.  We look forward to working with the Secretary’s successor to make good on that promise of quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

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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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HHS Secretary Returns to Dallas, to Again Urge Obamacare Enrollment

Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily

By: Bradford Pearson

Kathleen Sebelius better be a member of a good frequent-flyer program. The Health and Human Services secretary will visit Dallas once again today, in an effort to push further enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare exchanges.

Sebelius will join Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins to announce a number of new local efforts underway to enroll consumers. Secretary Sebelius and Judge Jenkins will also talk about the in-person assistance available in the Dallas area thanks to partner organizations like Young Invincibles, CitySquare, and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The secretary has ping-ponged across the country in recent months, pushing enrollment. Federal officials are especially focusing on large urban areas, hence the focus on Dallas. She’ll also spend time today in San Antonio.

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Health and Human Services secretary visits Houston

Click2Houston.com

By: Kimberly O’Neal

Houston got a special visit Friday from the Health and Human Services secretary.

Kathleen Sebulius was joined by congress members Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee and Gene Green at the Hiram Clarke Multi-service Center in southeast Houston.

Sebelius talked about affordable health coverage in Houston.

Sebelius also talked about enrollment and outreach in the Houston area. She thanked organizations like Dia de la Mujer Latina and Young Invincibles for their help.

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Enrollment in ObamaCare hits 3.3 million

The Hill 

By: Jonathan Easley

About 3.3 million people have selected a healthcare plan under ObamaCare, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department announced on Wednesday.

More than 1.1 million people enrolled in January, on top of the 2.2 million who selected plans from October through December.

January surpasses December as the month with the most enrollments, when a push by the administration and the first open enrollment deadline at the end of the year resulted in more than 1 million people signing up.

Few people predicted January would be a banner month for enrollments, so Friday’s announcement indicates there is active demand for coverage and that the administration’s and insurers’ bid to get the word out about the law is gaining momentum.

That’s encouraging news for the Obama administration, as some experts had predicted a fall-off in enrollments for January. A flood of last-minute sign-ups is also expected in March, when open enrollment ends for 2014, and the penalty associated with the individual mandate kicks in.

The administration’s goal had been to have 3 million enrolled by the end of the 2013, and 7 million by the end of March, but technical issues at HealthCare.gov have tempered those expectations.

If there isn’t a significant fall-off in February, the administration might approach the Congressional Budget Office’s initial estimate of having 7 million enrollees for 2014. 

The administration has not said how many of the 3 million have actually finalized their enrollments by making their first premium payments.

The administration said 25 percent of those enrolled are between the ages of 18 and 34, a slight improvement from earlier in the year.

The demographic breakdown has skewed older, and the healthcare law needs healthy consumers, who are typically younger, to keep premiums from rising. Experts say 40 percent is the ideal number of 18-34 year olds, although age is not as important as the health of those consumers.

This week, dozens of health, youth, and charitable organizations, including Young Invincibles, Enroll America, United Way Worldwide, and the American Cancer Society, are holding a week of action — including a National Youth Enrollment Day on Saturday — to educate uninsured young adults about their new coverage options. The push will include more than 100 education and enrollment events across the country.

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Young Invincibles’ Statement on February Enrollment Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 11, 2014

Contact: Colin Seeberger, colin.seeberger@younginvincibles.org214.223.2913

Young Invincibles’ Statement on February Enrollment Data

New Numbers Come Following Launch of Major Outreach Campaign to Educate the Public About Consumer’s Access to Financial Help and the March 31 Deadline to Get Covered

[WASHINGTON]—Today, the Department of Health & Human Services announced that over 4.2 million Americans have selected private insurance plans through the federal and state Health Insurance Marketplaces by March 1. Cumulatively, over 1,075,990 young adults ages 18 to 34 have enrolled in coverage through the Marketplaces—representing a 33 percent increase in the number of young adult enrollments in just the last month. HHS also announced that 8.9 million individuals have been deemed Medicaid eligible.

“We are encouraged to see more young people enrolling and becoming more financially secure every day,” said Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “It’s go time. We are doing everything we can to get the word out about the law’s financial assistance and the March 31st deadline to get covered.”

Last week, Young Invincibles announced the launch of the Healthy Young America Mobile App Sweepstakes, an innovative contest designed to connect consumers to important resources that will raise awareness about the financial assistance available under the law. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants could win $1,200, about the average cost of health care coverage for an uninsured young person for a year on the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

A recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll found that the uninsurance rate dropped from 18 percent before Open Enrollment began to 15.9 percent today. The poll found that the uninsurance rate among 18- to 25-year-olds fell one-half point to 23 percent and that the rate for 26- to 34-year-olds dropped from 28.2 percent to 26.6 percent.

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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’ Statement on November Enrollment Numbers

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December 11, 2013

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

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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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A Message to Millennials: You Can Afford Health Coverage

This post originally appeared on Mom’s Rising’s blog on November 8th, 2013

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Young adults (18-34 years old) are the age group most likely to be uninsured in the United States.  Currently, there is an estimated population of 20 million uninsured young Americans in this country. Is it invincibility or unaffordability that’s the cause?  Maybe a bit of both.

Everyday millions of Americans under the age of 35 walk the streets, drive their cars, participate in sports, and go about their daily lives without medical insurance; taking the risk that the “unthinkable” could happen. The Young Invincibles, in collaboration with HHS, has given creative millennials around the country the opportunity to share this good news with their peers.   Over 70 original videos were submitted to the “Healthy Young Americans Video Contest”.

Check out these videos and vote for your favorite videos here:  http://health.younginvincibles.org/video-contest/

Voting ends next Monday, November 11th so watch them now!   We’ll share the Grand Prize Winner and Finalists via twitter (@momsrising) on November 15th.

Read more: http://www.momsrising.org/blog/a-message-to-millennials-you-can-afford-health-coverage/#ixzz2k55weqt7

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Houston, We Have a Video Contest!

Last month, YI stopped by my home state of Texas to launch the Healthy Young America Video Contest with the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Check out more information about the contest, including how you can win cash prizes here and here.  Hurry, the submission deadline is the 23rd!

Executive Director, Aaron Smith (Left), Secretary Sebelius (Center), Organizing Manager, Erin Hemlin (Right)

Executive Director, Aaron Smith (Left), Secretary Sebelius (Center), Organizing Manager, Erin Hemlin (Right)

So why did we launch this video contest?  It’s simple: over 19 million 18 to 34 year olds are uninsured.  And beginning October 1, the way we do business when it comes to health coverage in this country will change forever.  In this case, change is a good thing, and we want to help our generation educate each other about what’s happening through fun, shareable videos.

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Prior to the announcement, Erin Hemlin, YI’s National Organizing and Programs Manager, conducted a training for Houston area health care non-profits, college administrators, health service providers, and other individuals working with uninsured young Texans.

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Houston was only one stop on a nationwide effort by the YI team to reach out to those on the front lines, edu

 

cating the public about changes. If you’re a health care advocate in your community, check out our Healthy Young America website for state-by-state fact sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, and advocate toolkits.  You can even download our health care mobile app!

And a special shout out to our hosts, Legacy Community Health Services! As we say in Texas, “Thanks, y’all, don’t be a stranger!”

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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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3 Ways To Be Great Today With Obamacare

By Spencer Dixon

Call us generation vibrant.  We party (too) hard sometimes, play intense games of kickball, and yes, we get injured or sick — more often than we’d like to admit. So most young people generally agree – we need health coverage and we worry about paying for needed care. And we update the world about all of this online, as it’s happening. (Share this blog if you’ve seen some version of the Facebook status update: “At the ER, got hit with a softball!”).

So with open enrollment for Obamacare starting October 1st, Young Invincibles teamed up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to host the Healthy Young America online video contest. This isn’t your mom’s contest (sorry mom, though you can try too).  With a prize pool worth up to $30,000, over 100 prizes to be won, and hilarious categories, you do not want to miss out.

Check out the three different contest themes below.

1) You Are Not Invincible:

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Calling all aspiring directors. The ‘You Are Not Invincible’ theme lets you to show off your creative and wacky side. Videos should be a short skit that shows a time when a young person would need health insurance. Accidents happen. Just ask Scarlet; I can only hope she had health insurance after this infamous wipeout. Entrants are encouraged to go big but stay safe!

2) Perform a Song:

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Or if you’re more musically inclined, the ‘Perform a Song’ theme may be your fit. Write a song about health insurance or even create the next viral parody. I’m curious if anyone will put a cowbell into their health care song.

3) Animation

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Or if you have serious computer animation skills, you could create an engaging, informative video about critical facts of Obamacare. Remember how great these were in helping remember history?

Your participation in the contest is about more than the opportunity to win money to help pay off those pesky student loans; this is your chance to help your friends and other young people learn about their new health insurance options.  Over 19 million young adults (ages 18-34) across the country lack basic health insurance. Changes this fall will open up new opportunities for our generation to purchase coverage they and their families need.

Help get the word out, be a part of the solution, and win some cash!

You’ve got less than five weeks to enter your video, so get started now! For more information, visit HealthyYoungAmerica.org

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