Today, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced new legislation that would help millions of young people who are uninsured, and recently became uninsured due to the COVID-19 pandemic, get the assistance they need to get covered. The COVID Enrollment Response (COVER) Act would provide $600 million in consumer assistance funding to support outreach and enrollment efforts.
In response to the new legislation, Erin Hemlin, Health Policy and Advocacy Director for Young Invincibles issued the following statement:
“Millions of young people who are currently uninsured or have lost their health care coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for Medicaid or a low-cost ACA plan and not even know it.
Navigating the health insurance market is complicated – made more complicated by the current administration’s expansion of junk plans and lack of investment in enrollment support. Funding outreach and enrollment support is critical to make sure those who are becoming uninsured, who are suffering as the economic impact of the pandemic continues, can actually access the benefits they are eligible for.
That’s why Young Invincibles is proud to endorse this important legislation and commend Senator Baldwin for her long-standing commitment and leadership on this issue.”