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 Issued a Press Release Highlighting the Start of Free Preventive Services for Women

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    YI: YI issued a press release announcing the August 1st start date of free preventive services for women pursuant to the ACA and notes that due to student health insurance plans beginning coverage in August and September many of the 2 million students in college health plans will be among the first to benefit from the provision.  
  • YI Released a Policy Brief on New Enrollment Options Through the ACA

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) released: a policy brief focusing on outreach and education for young adults to ensure they understand the new enrollment options and programs available as a result of the ACA; a beta version of a free health care education mobile application; and ten train-the-trainer events in the Fall focusing on the ACA and its impact on young adults.
  • YI Outlined Coverage Options for Young Adults

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    YI: Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invincibles (YI) was highlighted in the Associated Press outlining coverage options for young adults under the ACA.

  • YI Released Key Findings from National Bus Tour

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    Young Invincibles (YI) released key findings from its National Bus Tour held in May 2012. The report highlighted impressions from roundtable discussions and data from young adults surveyed throughout the tour. Key topics included jobs, healthcare, education, and entrepreneurship. On healthcare, YI found that: (1) many young adults are aware of the dependent coverage provision; (2) few young adults had specific knowledge of ACA provisions other than the dependent coverage provision (e.g., Health Insurance Exchanges and the Medicaid expansion); and (3) many young adults provided positive feedback on the new coverage options, but some had questions about the cost of insurance through Exchanges and the individual mandate.  
  • YI Highlights SCOTUS Ruling on ACA

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    YI issued a press release highlighting that this win is “literally a lifesaver” for young adults in the U.S., who remain the nation’s most uninsured population. In addition, YI reminds individuals that there is a large amount of work that needs to be done to ensure that young adults understand their new options and how to access the benefits available to them. In addition, YI also published a post highlighting what the Supreme Court decision means for young adults.
  • YI Advocated Against Legislation Exempting Student Health Plans from Federal and State Oversight

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    Young Invincibles (YI) is working on a number of health care related activities this summer including advocating with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative to prevent the state legislature from passing a bill that would exempt the University of Colorado’s student health plans from federal and state regulations and oversight. YI also spoke out against Catholic schools that closed student health plans due to the new contraception rules and claims about the costs of new regulations.
  • YIs' National Youth Bus Tour was Featured in the New York Times

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    Young Invincibles' (YI) National Youth Bus Tour and Campaign for Young America was featured on the front page of the New York Times business section. According to the article Campaign for Young America will hold 100 round table sessions with young adults, Occupy Wall Street protesters, community leaders and entrepreneurs. As a result of the round table sessions, YI plans to endorse specific policy recommendations based on the input received from participants and host candidate forums later this year.
  • YI Launched Health Care Toolkit

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    Young Invincibles announced the re-launch of its Health Care Toolkit on May 1st in anticipation of the graduation season and new graduates' questions regarding health coverage. YI’s partners are asked to help spread the word about this resource for young adults and families that provides information on how they can obtain coverage and what they need to know about the ACA. In addition, YI provided partners with outreach materials (e.g., sample tweets, Facebook posts, and email blasts) and is seeking organizations that are interested in hosting a campus event. YI’s goal is for all partners to send a notice to their member networks before May 11, 2012.
  • YI National Bus Tour Held Educational Health Reform Event

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    The Young Invincibles national bus tour held an event at the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) on May 4, 2012. The event included discussions on: (1) what health reform means for the nation’s youth; (2) an update from Planned Parenthood and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY); and (3) a question and answer segment, including opportunities to share personal stories. Event sponsors included Children’s Health Fund – NY, Raising Women’s Voices – NY, and Make the Road New York.
  • YI Released Analysis of Student Health Coverage Final Rule

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    Young Invincibles (YI) analyzed the Student Health Coverage final rule, which focused on college and university health plans. Some of the benefits students will receive from the new rule include:(1) the ability to receive coverage with a pre-existing condition; (2) access to free preventive care; (3) elimination of lifetime benefit caps and phasing out of annual benefit caps by 2014; and (4) medical loss ratio (MLR) rebates. The proposed rule was released in February 2011.
  • YI Rallied in Support of ACA During SCOTUS Oral Arguments

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    Young Invincibles (YI) held rallies on March 27th in D.C. and Ohio in support of the ACA while the Supreme Court heard oral arguments challenging the law. In addition, Aaron Smith, Executive Director of YI, was interviewed on MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show regarding YI's "Meet a Young Person" campaign, which posts video stories of young Americans affected by the ACA. This campaign was a direct response to the Supreme Court discussion on young adults. Smith said that one of YI's biggest concerns is the "potential disconnect between the hypothetical arguments the justices are making and the real world impact of this law."
  • National KidsWell Partners Showed ACA Support via Twitter Storm

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    The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) partnered with Families USA, MomsRising, and Young Invincibles to conduct a “Twitter storm” to show support of the ACA before the Supreme Court heard three days of oral arguments challenging the law.
  • YI Executive Director was Interviewed Highlighting National Bus Tour

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    Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invincibles (YI), was interviewed by Fox News on a segment discussing the impact of the youth vote in the 2012 election. Smith highlighted YI’s current national bus tour that is talking to young Americans about their current concerns, ideas and solutions related to a number of topics, including health care. Smith also noted he is hopeful that young people will get out and vote to ensure they have a voice in the upcoming election.
  • YI Launched National Bus Tour

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    Young Invincibles (YI) launched a national bus tour to talk to young Americans about their current issues, ideas and solutions related to a number of topics, including health care. YI will transform information collected along the tour into collective action, inserting young American's voices and concerns into the national debate about the nation's future. The eight week tour will cover 18 states and D.C. The bus tour’s website can be found here and more information on the tour can be accessed through Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. YI also posted a poll on its Facebook page to collect votes for the best assessment of young America.
  • YI Updated Toolkit on Health Insurance for Young Adults

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    Young Invincibles re-released an updated Back-to-School Toolkit to help young adults graduating this Spring or already out of school understand their health insurance options, including the latest information on what the new health care law means for them.  More than 300,000 young adults accessed the toolkit in 2011.

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