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ACA Deadline Looming, Volunteers Push To Enroll Young People

As of February first, the percentage of Hoosiers between the ages of 18 and 34 who enrolled in the federal health exchange was 23 percent.

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The enrollment numbers are much lower than the federal government originally estimated.

ACA Volunteers of Monroe County, a group working to enroll people in the Affordable Care Act, is enlisting the help of students. It’s part of an effort to get more young people to enroll in the health insurance marketplace.

As of February first, the percentage of Hoosiers between the ages of 18 and 34 who enrolled in the federal health exchange was 23-percent. The goal of the Affordable Care Act is generally to enroll young, healthy  people at the same rate as older, sicker adults —that’s because the healthy people will help subsidize the costs of the sicker people.

The Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County have established a companion program at Indiana University to help enroll students.

Emma Sperry is one of the campaign volunteers.

“There are a lot of questions: ‘Oh, should I even worry about healthcare?’ ‘Do I even qualify for healthcare?’ And there are plenty of students who just don’t know a lot about it,” says Sperry. “I would say generally there is a lot of confusion.”

The student group plans to continue its enrollment push through the end of the month when the open enrollment period ends.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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