February 25, 2015

From Shopping Malls to Ski Slopes: Enrollment Assisters and Innovation

Cathy Kaufmann

Enrollment Program Director

The second open enrollment period just ended—and it was a tremendous success. The fact that enrollment systems functioned much better this time around certainly made it easier for people to enroll. But there’s no doubt that the commitment and creativity of 23,000 certified application counselors, navigators, and in-person assisters across the country have made big contributions to enrollment gains. In this enrollment period, we saw navigators and assisters reach new heights of creativity as they strove to find consumers and help them sign up for health insurance. 

September 11, 2014

Navigator Grants Awarded to Meet Goals of Second Open Enrollment

In its second round of navigator grants, announced on Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $60 million to organizations in the 34 states where the federal government operates the health insurance marketplace. Of the 90 organizations receiving funding, 61 are returning for a second year of outreach and enrollment assistance.

June 24, 2014

Recent College Graduates Have Options to Buy Health Coverage—Including Financial Help

Kevin Oshinskie

Health Equity Intern

As the 2014 college graduation season draws to a close, young adults are saying goodbye to their alma maters and entering the working world. Many face the challenge of securing their first full-time job at a time when the economy is uncertain and jobs are scarce. The vast majority of recent graduates—racial and ethnic minorities in particular—start their working lives under the shadow of significant educational debt. As if that weren’t enough, many of these former students also face losing the health insurance that they purchased through their college or university.

It is important that recent graduates understand that the Affordable Care Act gives young adults affordable options for securing coverage—including access to the financial help available through the health insurance marketplace.

January 7, 2014

Health Security for Young Adults as They Build for the Future

Patrick Ross

Communications Intern

The flexibility and affordability of new health plans under the Affordable Care Act has led to an increased number of young adults buying health coverage.

Though the media often criticize Millennials for their so-called "invincible" attitudes toward their own health, research shows that young adults want to buy health insurance. However, in the past, it was hard for young adults to find coverage options that met their budgets and specific health care needs.

January 2014

Health Insurance Marketplaces: Who is enrolling

See who’s enrolling in health insurance in the marketplace, which plan categories are most popular, and the percentage of consumers who chose a plan with financial assistance.

November 14, 2013

Coverage Available to Young Adults Will Cost Less Than You Might Expect

Erin Snyder

Staff Writer

A newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that 46 percent of uninsured young adults (ages 18-34) in single-person households who may be eligible for marketplace coverage can enroll in insurance for $50 a month or less in their state’s health insurance marketplace. And 70 percent of these young adults will be able to get insurance for less than $100 a month.


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