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!

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  • 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.

  • 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 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 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.”

  • 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 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 & 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.
  • 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.” 
  • 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 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.

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