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 Highlights Marketplace Premium Payments

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release noting that 7.3 million people who enrolled in health care coverage through Marketplaces paid their premiums. Jen Mishory, executive director of YI stated, “A resounding 9 out of 10 people who applied for Marketplace coverage paid for, and continued to be enrolled in, their coverage on August 15, signaling that Americans – including young adults — want to retain their new health plans. Young Invincibles looks forward to continuing to help young adults get and stay covered.”

  • KidsWell Partners Urge Texas Lawmakers to Promote ACA Coverage Options

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    NCLR, YI, TX: KidsWell grantees National Council of La Raza,  Young Invincibles, Texans Care for Children, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities wrote a letter to Texas State Representatives and Senators promoting health coverage options available to their constituents under the ACA. The letter, co- signed by 19 national and local advocacy organizations, provides key talking points that legislators may share with constituents as 2015 open enrollment approaches.

  • YI Testifies in Support of Medicaid Expansion in Texas

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    YI: Young Invincibles testified before the Texas Committee on Health and Human Services to advocate for Medicaid expansion. Rebecca Fowler, a fellow at Young Invincibles, discussed how the State’s decision not to expand the Medicaid program adversely impacts over one million uninsured young adults in Texas. Ms. Fowler stated, “…I can tell you that the students I’ve met while touring community colleges in the Houston area would likely have to leave school if they got a big doctor’s bill. Texas can’t afford to let them grow up unable to get the skills needed for today’s jobs.”

  • YI Hosts Webinar on Young Adult Enrollment Best Practices

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) hosted a webinar on strategies to engage and enroll young adults in health coverage. The webinar identified effective outreach tactics, shared best practices, and discussed strategies and timelines for the upcoming open enrollment period. YI estimates that its Healthy Young American trainings directly reached more than 20,000 young adults and indirectly reached more than 1 million young adults.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements on ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

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    NHeLP, YI, & FL: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and Young Invincibles issued statements in response to the Halbig v. Burwell ruling that ACA subsidies are only available to consumers in state-run Marketplaces. Florida CHAIN issued a statement explaining the immediate impact of the ruling. NHeLP also issued a statement praising the unanimous opinion in King v. Burwell that upheld the ACA’s subsidies in state-run Marketplaces.

  • YI and Children’s Now Issue Statements on California Budget Agreement

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    YI & CA: Following the California Legislature’s passage of the 2014-2015 State budget, both Young Invincibles and Children Now issued statements expressing disappointment about the budget’s failure to address: Medi-Cal enrollment and retention; Medi-Cal provider rate cuts; funding for the Early Mental Health Initiative and Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program; and coverage for undocumented Californians. 
  • YI and HCFANY Release New Infographics on Exchange Special Enrollment Periods

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    YI & NY: Young Invincibles and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) released new infographics, website information and videos on special enrollment periods (SEPs).  Young Invincibles’ infographics and HCFANY’s website and videos provide background information on how to access SEPs for individuals who are turning 26 years old, graduating from college, having a baby, getting married, moving, or changing employment.
  • YI Hails Successful Open Enrollment Period for Young Adults

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    YI: Young Invincibles released a statement lauding the success of the first open enrollment period, during which 2.25 million young adults (28% of total enrollees) enrolled in federal and state Marketplaces.   

  • YI & FL CHAIN Team Up to Collect Young Adults’ Coverage Gap Stories

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    YI & FL: Young Invincibles (YI) and Florida CHAIN are partnering to collect stories of young adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid.  YI developed a survey that FL CHAIN is distributing to its community partners to reach Florida’s uninsured young adults.
  • YI Released Issue Brief and One Pager Highlighting SEPs for Young Adults

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    Young Invincibles: Young Invincibles (YI) released an issue brief about young adults and special enrollment periods (SEPs).  The brief reports that young adults are the most likely age group to qualify for SEPs and highlights the most relevant SEP triggering events, including: births, marriage, losing coverage as a result of a job change, turning 26 and losing dependent coverage, moving, or a change in immigration status.  YI also released an SEP one-pager targeted to recent graduates.    

  • Young Invincibles Released A Video from National Youth Enrollment Day

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) released a highlight video of National Youth Enrollment Day on February 15, 2014, during which YI held over 100 events in 70 cities nationwide.
  • Young Invincibles’ New Infographic Highlights On-Going Enrollment Opportunities

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    YI: Young Invincibles published an infographic highlighting Covered California’s special enrollment periods and Medi-Cal’s year round enrollment.
  • MomsRising and YI Promote Young Adult and Latino Enrollment

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    MomsRising & YI: MomsRising, Young Invincibles (YI), and the Department of Health and Human Services co-hosted a #WellnessWed tweet chat to answer young adults and Latinos’ questions about how to access affordable coverage before the open enrollment deadline.

  • YI Launches Healthy Young American App Sweepstakes

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    YI: Young Invincibles launched the Healthy Young America App Sweepstakes to encourage enrollment among young adults and promote the financial assistance available to make health insurance coverage more affordable.  All you need to do to enter is download the Healthy Young America App. One lucky person will win $1,200! 
  • Young Invincibles Releases Infographic on ACA Coverage for Young African Americans

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    YI: Young Invincibles released an infographic that highlights how young African Americans are faring under the ACA.  According to the infographic, approximately 500,000 young African Americans have gained access to health coverage by staying on their parent’s plan until age 26 and 1.8 million could be eligible for tax credits. 

  • #GetCovered: KidsWell Grantees Participate in National Youth Enrollment Day

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    YI & MomsRising: Young Invincibles (YI), MomsRising, and other organizations will participate in National Youth Enrollment Day on February 15, 2014 to educate young adults about the importance of health insurance coverage and about the new coverage options available.


  • Young Invincibles Highlights Enrollment Gains among Young Adults

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    YI: Following the Department of Health and Human Services’ January enrollment data announcement, Young Invincibles released a statement highlighting the age breakdown of individuals who enrolled through a federal or state marketplace with: 30% of enrollees under 35 and 25% between 18 and 34 years old.  Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, stated, “The Affordable Care Act is providing desperately needed economic security to millions of this country’s uninsured young adults . . . We are thrilled to see that so many young people [are] taking advantage of new options and even more are taking the first step and learning about new options.” 
  • Young Invincibles' Op-Ed Calls for Extending Health Coverage for Undocumented and Immigrants

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    NAM & YI: Linda Leu, California Policy and Research Director at Young Invincibles (YI), published an op-ed in New American Media highlighting individuals who are excluded from ACA coverage, including those who are undocumented and some lawfully present immigrants, and discussing steps California has taken to address this gap.  In the op-ed, YI shared its Roadmap to Coverage for Young California Immigrants depicting coverage pathways for young adults. 

  • Looking for Coverage? Young Invincibles Released New Healthy Young America Mobile App

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    YI:  Young Invincibles (YI) released an updated version of the Healthy Young America mobile application. The new version allows users to: calculate tax credit savings; find health care providers; learn about the ACA; and connect to Marketplaces to determine their eligibility for coverage.
  • Young Invincibles & HHS Announced Winners of ACA Video Contest

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) and HHS announced the winners of the Healthy Young America video contest on December 2nd.  After a five week submission period and more than 30,000 votes, Erin McDonald won the Grand Prize for her video “Forget the Price Tag” in the “Perform a Song!” category. The contest’s goal was to raise awareness about the new health insurance options available to young adults under the ACA.

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