Hey, did you know that young adults have the highest rate of uninsured of any age group?
About 30% of young adults are uninsured, representing more than one in five of the uninsured. Of the uninsured young adult population, more than half are racial and ethnic minorities.
Though young people may feel invincible, they do get sick and hurt. One in six young adults suffers from a chronic health condition like diabetes, cancer or asthma that requires regular medical care that can be a costly burden for the uninsured. They have the highest rate of injury-related emergency department visits among all age groups under age 75. Young adults need protection against accidents and illness; they need insurance.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young adults have new protections and opportunities as well as greater control over their own healthcare. Already, millions of young adults have gained coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or the opportunity to stay on their parents' plans until age 26. We know there are many more without health insurance who may be eligible for free or low-cost health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and more access to Medicaid.
We need you to help spread the word about the Marketplace. We've produced four social media infocards to encourage young people to check out the one-stop shopping on HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov. Share them with your networks and with the young invincible in your life and encourage them to enroll in health coverage before March 31st.
Please click on the following Infocards to go to their respective shares and downloads.