Young Invincibles

Young Invincibles (YI) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that mobilizes young adults, ages 18 to 34, to put them in the center of the debate and to find solutions that will improve their lives. YI was started by students and young workers during the health care debate in summer 2009 to help give young people a voice in that critical effort and expand youth access to decent health insurance and care. In the short time since its founding, YI has grown into an important voice for the health care needs of young adults, coordinating outreach and advocacy campaigns at the national and state levels, and working in coalition with dozens of youth and non-youth organizations to educate young adults about health care. See below for more information about YI’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • YI Creates Infographic on Need for Pregnancy SEP

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    YI: Young Adults published an infographic about the cost of being uninsured for expectant mothers as part of their push to create a pregnancy-triggered special enrollment period (SEP). The infographic explains that some expectant mothers may still be forced to pay out-of-pocket for health care because they may not have access to health coverage during pregnancy. In 2011, prenatal care and delivery for an uncomplicated birth averaged $20,000.

  • YI and HCFANY Blog About the ACA’s Fifth Anniversary

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    YI, NY: In honor of the ACA’s fifth anniversary, Young Invincibles (YI) and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) blogged about five ways the ACA has changed health insurance for Millennials and New Yorkers, respectively. YI noted that 5.7 million young adults have gained coverage since the passage of the ACA and HFCANY highlighted that over 2.1 million New Yorkers have enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace since it launched in October 2013.
  • Young Invincibles Continues Push for Access to Year-Round Maternity Care in State, National Media

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) continued their push to make pregnancy a qualifying life event that triggers a special enrollment period. YI’s worked was featured in articles published by the California Healthline and The New Yorker.

  • KidsWell Partners Comment on Texas Medicaid Proposal

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    MomsRising, YI, TX: KidsWell partners, MomsRising, Young Invincibles, Texans Care for Children, and the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, joined ten other organizations in responding to Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Medicaid proposal. The proposal seeks permission to further restrict Texas’s Medicaid program. The joint press release calls on state leaders to reject the proposal and instead expand Medicaid and accept funding from the federal government.

  • YI Comments on Special Enrollment Window for Pregnant Women

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release after 37 Senators called on the Administration to create a special enrollment period for pregnant women. Christina Postolowski, health policy manager for YI, stated, “We’re thrilled to see a growing chorus of leaders…call on the Administration to make maternity coverage available to pregnant women year-round. It’s unacceptable that pregnant women without maternity coverage could face more than $23,000 in medical costs – or worse, suffer severe health consequences or death.”

  • YI Circulates Letter Support Obamacare Maternity Coverage Provision

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    YI: Young Invincibles is encouraging individuals to join a sign-on letter calling on HHS Secretary Burwell to allow women who become pregnant to enroll in coverage under a special qualifying life event category. 

  • KidsWell Partners Host CHIP Call

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    First Focus, MomsRising, YI: KidsWell Partners First Focus, MomsRising, and Young Invincibles invited members to join a call to discuss the future of CHIP. The call was led by policy and advocacy experts and explored the program’s background, what is at stake if the program is not extended, and how individuals can take action to advocate for the program’s extension.

  • Young Invincibles to Hold Valentine’s Day Health Fair

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    YI: Young Invincibles will hold a Valentine’s Day themed health fair at the College of William and Mary on Saturday, February 14th. The fair will provide young adults an opportunity to sign up for insurance and receive in-person assistance before the end of the Open Enrollment Period.

  • KidsWell Partners Respond to President’s Budget

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    CDF, MomsRising, NCLR, YI: Children’s Defense Fund issued a press release about President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal. The press release discusses a number of proposed expanded investments that would benefit children and families, including four additional years of funding for CHIP. Other KidsWell partners also weighed in on the President’s budget: MomsRising blogged about the budget, Young Invincibles published a fact sheet, and National Council of La Raza issued a press release.


  • YI Blogs About Millennial Enrollment Efforts

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    YI: Young Invincibles blogged about outside-of-the-box efforts to educate young adults about, and enroll them in, health coverage. The blog highlights rates to date with 26% of this year’s enrollees are between ages 18 and 34. The blog also discusses the approximately 200 events that will occur this week in a lead up to National Youth Enrollment Day.

  • YI Announces Countdown to National Youth Enrollment Day Events

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    YI: Young Invincibles announced two events to be held on January 24, 2015 as a lead up to National Youth Enrollment Day. The first event, in Houston, Texas, will be held in partnership with the Enroll Gulf Coast Collaborative and Get Covered America. The second event, a community health fair in Chicago, Illinois, will be held in partnership with the Allied Health Program of Kevlyn Park High School and Illinois

    Rep. Will Guzzardi. Both events will aim to educate young adults about new health coverage options available to them under the ACA.

  • Young Invincibles Blogs About Open Enrollment Numbers

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    YI: Young Invincibles blogged about HHS’s recent announcement that 7.1 million consumers enrolled in a health plan thus far during the open enrollment period. The blog suggests actual enrollment may be higher than reported due to incomplete state enrollment data and notes that young people are enrolling at a higher rate than in 2014. The blog posits that as the end of open enrollment approaches, outreach will intensify and enrollment numbers will continue to rapidly rise.

  • KidsWell Partners Report and Comment on California’s Health for All Act

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    NAM, YI, CA: New American Media reported on the reintroduction of SB 4, the Health for All Act, which would guarantee all Californians access to health care, regardless of immigration status. California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Young Invincibles, signed onto a statement with other Californian advocacy groups praising Senator Lara’s actions. In addition, The Children’s Partnership issued a statement in which founder and co-president Wendy Lazarus stated, “[w]e stand with Senator Ricardo Lara and our partners to expand access to health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status, in the coming year.”

  • YI Issues Press Release on Young Californian Immigrants Excluded from ACA Benefits

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release in advance of President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration emphasizing the importance of health insurance to both young Californian immigrants and the state’s economy. Linda Leu, California policy and research director for YI, stated, “This Open Enrollment season, [YI] will continue working with Governor Brown and state legislative leaders to move forward with expanding coverage for all Californians, so that our state can continue to lead the way on health care reform.”

  • KidsWell Partners Call on Florida to Expand Medicaid and Close the Coverage Gap

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    Young Invincibles, FL: Young Invincibles and Florida CHAIN held a press conference and blogged about a new brief examining the impact of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid on young Floridians. According to the brief, more than one third of the 918,000 Floridians who are in the coverage gap are young adults.

  • YI Announces ACA Enrollment College Tour

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    YI: Young Invincibles and the NAACP announced the Get H.Y.P.E. (Healthy Young People Everywhere) College Tour will host three special events at the University of Houston to empower students to get serious about their own health and enroll in the Marketplace. The announcement notes the Tour will feature fun activities, a press conference, and a Town Hall focused on the most pressing problems facing young people today.

  • Young Invincibles Releases California-Specific Health Coverage Renewal Infographic

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    YI: Young Invincibles released an infographic outlining the steps needed to renew and ensure health coverage for 2015 in California. The infographic includes step-by-step instructions, facts, and important contact information.

  • Young Invincibles Releases Health Coverage Renewal Infographic

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    YI: Young Invincibles released an infographic outlining the steps needed to renew health coverage and ensure coverage for 2015. The infographic includes step-by-step instructions, facts, and important contact information.

  • KidsWell Partners to Host New York Health Coverage Disparities Discussion

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    YI, NY: Young Invincibles and Children’s Defense Fund – New York will host a discussion on ACA implementation, its impact on young New Yorkers, and how new options for health coverage can eliminate disparities in marginalized communities on October 20th. Registration is available now.

  • YI Highlights Drop in Uninsured Rate Among Young Adults

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release on  U.S. Census Bureau data which shows  an increase of 4 million 18 and 34 years old who gained coverage from 2009 to 2013. During the same time period, the uninsured rate of young adults fell from 28.1% to 25.2%. The release notes that these numbers may actually be higher because they do not account for the 1.7 million young people who enrolled in health coverage via the Marketplaces in 2014. Tom Allison, policy and research managed for YI stated, “Considering that this data doesn’t even account for Open Enrollment sign-ups, we think these new numbers just scratch the surface of the positive young adult enrollment trends we expect to see.”

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