Young Invincibles Applauds Covered California’s Strong End to First Open Enrollment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 17, 2014

Contact: Riana King, riana.king@younginvincibles.org, 213.221.7326

Young Invincibles Applauds Covered California’s Strong End to First Open Enrollment

Young Adult Enrollment in Covered California Health Plans and Medi-Cal Greatly Exceeds Expectations

[LOS ANGELES, CA]—Today Covered California announced that over 3.3 million Californians have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 1.4 million have enrolled in private health plans and over 1.9 million in Medi-Cal. With this final surge over the past few weeks, young Californians ages 18 to 34 represent 29 percent of private plan enrollees and 36 percent of those who gained free Medi-Cal coverage.

“We are thrilled with the tremendous outreach and enrollment effort on the part of Covered California and all of our community partners to help over 1 million young adults enroll in coverage,” said Linda Leu, California Research and Policy Director at Young Invincibles. “This new access to health insurance provides critical economic security for young people struggling to pay rent, start careers, and manage student debt.”

“This isn’t the end of enrollment for young Californians. Medi-Cal enrollment is open year round, and as outlined in our new report, young people are more likely than any other age group to qualify for special enrollment periods triggered by life events like graduating, having a baby, and getting married. Young Invincibles looks forward to working with Covered California and our partners to ensure that young people are informed of these ongoing opportunities.”

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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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