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!

Legislative Advocacy

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  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 & 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 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.  
  • 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 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.

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