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!

  • Young Invincibles Published CNN Op-Ed on Generation Y and the ACA

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    YI: Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles (YI), published a CNN op-ed on why Generation Y should enroll in coverage. The op-ed focuses on Florida where as many as 605,000 uninsured young adults (ages 18-34) may qualify for premium tax credits and, if the state expanded Medicaid, 590,000 young adults would be eligible for the program. Smith argues the ACA makes comprehensive health coverage much more affordable for the young uninsured. 

  • Young Invincibles Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    Young Invincibles: Young Invincible (YI) issued a press release highlighting that the new Marketplaces are “a game changer for the millions of uninsured young adults in this country that have never been able to afford health insurance or have been denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition.”  YI’s press release also YI reminds individuals of its nationwide “Healthy Young America” campaign that is designed to inform young adults about coming changes and new options in healthcare.

     

    In addition, YI published a blog post highlighting why the new Marketplaces are so important to Americans. The post includes stories collected from individuals by YI staff, including a story about a Nevada woman with a tumor “who would benefit from Obamacare” because she could not find coverage due to her pre-existing condition.

  • Decisions, Decisions! YI Released a National Roadmap to Coverage to Help Young Adults Choose their Best Coverage Option!

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    YI: Young Invincibles released an easy-to-navigate National Roadmap to Coverage to help young adults find the best and most affordable health care coverage option for their individual needs and budget. With easy to answer questions and a flowchart, college ready young adults can use the Roadmap to learn about coverage options available starting October 1st. A Spanish version of the roadmap is also available.

     

    Young Invincibles also announced a Thunder Clap campaign to spread the word about how individuals can access affordable quality health insurance starting October 1st.

  • YI and Florida CHAIN Team Up to "Organize, Educate, Enroll"

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    YI & FL: Young Invincibles (YI) and Florida CHAIN held a free Affordable Care Act (ACA) educational workshop on September 19th in Tallahassee to provide information on organizing, educating, and enrolling Florida communities into coverage. Guest speakers included Catherine Oakar, Senior Policy Advisor of the Health and Human Services’ Office of Health Reform and a member of the President’s Youth Council. The target audience were organizations interested in conducting outreach to young adults.

     

     

  • YI & HHS Announce Video Contest to Promote ACA Awareness among Young Adults

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Healthy Young America video contest to help raise awareness about the new health insurance options available to young adults under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The contest offers a prize pool of over 100 prizes totaling as much as $30,000! Videos were submitted in September and the public voting period, which ends on November 11th, will determine the finalists in three theme categories: You Are Not Invincible; Perform a Song!; and Animation.
  • NMCLP & YI Team Up to Hold Educational Sessions on the ACA

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    NMCLP & YI: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Young Invincibles partnered with the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department in New Mexico to hold three informational sessions in June on the ACA and how it will affect families and young adults residing the county.
  • Ask Aaron! The Washington Post Published an Interview with Young Invicibles Executive Director

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    YI: Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invicibles, was interviewed by The Washington Post’s Wonkblog discussing how the ACA will affect young adults. In the interview Smith provided information about the number of young adults who are currently uninsured and who will gain coverage under the ACA, especially through Health Insurance Exchanges. Smith also discussed how the Massachusetts Exchange worked to provide coverage to young adults – including establishing the “young adult” plan and a successful marketing plan – and how states implementing State-based Exchanges are following a similar model that will benefit young adults.
  • Young Invincibles Highlights Their Work in California!

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    YI: The Young Invincibles California Office published a blog post highlighting all of the work they have been doing around health reform in California. Their activities include, but not limited to, a forum with the Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates on needs of young adults, focus groups on how to improve the Los Angeles Health Care Finder mobile app, and health fairs throughout the state.
  • YI to Lead Workshop at Minority Health Month Event in New Jersey

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    YI: Young Invincibles will lead an educational ACA workshop on April 25th as part of the La Casa De Don Pedro month-long event sponsored by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and The Horizon Foundation.
  • YI Explains "Age Rating" and Announces Health Young America Campaign

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    YI: Christina Postolowski of Young Invincibles (YI) published a blog post on Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog discussing concerns about how the increasing rate of young adult enrollment in coverage could result in an increase of health insurance premiums (also known as “Age Rating”). Postolowski also announced YI’s educational young adult campaign - Healthy Young America - that will be launched in the Spring. The campaign will work to educate millions of young adults on various topics including: Medicaid, subsidies, catastrophic plans and pre-existing conditions.

     

  • YI Discusses How States Can Help Young Adults Keep Their Health Coverage Privacy

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    YI: Young Invincibles published a blog post highlighting how California is working to expand young adult’s privacy when enrolled in another person’s health plan. The proposed legislation clarifies to whom carriers can send explanations of benefits and communications containing confidential information. If passed, health information for adults under 26 will automatically be kept confidential unless the patient grants permission to release the information and adults over 26 may request that sensitive information not be disclosed.  
  • App the Vote! YI Applies to Win Grant for New Health Care Mobile App

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a call to action requesting votes to help them win a grant from the Goldhirsh’s Foundation’s LA2050 project to support their Health Care Finder Los Angeles (LA) mobile app. If awarded, YI will use the grant to continue building its grassroots network of young leaders in LA and promote the app to inform young adults about the ACA and how to enroll in coverage. As a result of their outreach efforts, YI was voted as one of the top 10 candidates to be eligible for the grant. Winners will be announced on May 8th.
  • Are You Getting the Full Picture on the ACA's Impact on Coverage Options for Young Adults? Young Incincibles Says No! Check Out the Story!

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    Young Invincibles: Young Invincibles was highlighted in The Center for Public Integrity discussing how some insurance industry studies do not provide a clear picture of how the ACA is increasing coverage options for young adults.   

  • How Will CMS' Rules Impact Young Folks? Young Invincibles Submitted Comments to CMS About the Coverage of Young Adults and Families

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    YI: Young Invincibles submitted comments to CMS’s Proposed Health Insurance Market Rules. In their comments, YI requested that a definition be developed to identify who is included in a family coverage plan, expand the age definition of an “adult” if young adult enrollment is at risk, adding student health insurance to the risk pool, and expanding on definitions of primary care visits provided by catastrophic plans to prevent co-pays and limits to preventative services. 
  • YI Released Fact Sheet on the Fiscal Cliff and Tax Cuts' Impact on Young Adults

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    YI: Young Invincibles released a fact sheet highlighting key points of the fiscal cliff and what the tax cuts mean for young adults.
  • Executive Director of YI Met with President Obama to Discuss Potential Budget Cuts to Health Care Programs Affecting Young Americans' Futures

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    YI: Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invincibles (YI), attended a meeting with President Obama and released a report outlining how proposed federal cuts on various programs, including health care, will affect young Americans’ future.  YI also issued a call to action over Twitter asking individuals to tweet members of Congress and tell them to “#Budget4OurFuture”.
  • YI Successfully Advocated for NAIC to Include Language on Student Health Insurance Plans in the Individual Model Act

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) successfully advocated for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to include specific regulation language on student health insurance plans in the Individual Model Act.  This Model Act will be used by states and may influence them to include student insurance as part of their broader market regulation of the individual market. In addition, YI drafted a report for NAIC on best practices in youth health care outreach.  
  • YI Announced Partnership with Health Help Mississippi to Launch a Mobile App Providing Information on Local Health Care Services

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    YI: Young Invincibles issued a press release announcing its partnership with Health Help Mississippi to launch a mobile application Your Health Care Finder. This app allows users to find health care services in their areas, search for doctors by category and location, provides information about health care reform, and includes a guide for insurance terminology.
  • YI Director Received Social Innovation Award for Mobile Application

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    YI: Young Invincibles new California Director, Tamika Butler, won the Judge’s Prize at the LA Social Innovation Fast Pitch for YI’s mobile application that locates doctors and community centers in individuals' communities, provides key facts on the ACA geared toward young adults, and features a Waiting Room Game
  • YI Released an Ideas Book Highlighting Solutions to Help Young Adults Get Back on Track

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) released an ideas book as a result of its national bus tour, which highlights 12 solutions to help young adults “get back on track” and includes a solution to expand Medicaid to eight million eligible young adults.  

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