Obamacare is slowly but surely attracting more young adults. Young people represent a growing number of the 3.3 million Americans who signed up, since October 15, 2013, for health insurance through one of the state marketplaces or Healthcare.gov.
In a telephone conference call, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius said that 18-34-year-olds represent 27 percent of those who selected health insurance plans in January. And surprisingly, they went for the plans with more frills
Most chose silver, gold or platinum plans that offer more inclusive and comprehensive insurance coverage. Sibelius also said that overall, 82 percent who applied will pay a reduced rate because of the tax subsidies that are offered.
More good news comes from a recent Gallup Poll that indicates Obamacare is doing what it was created to do. Gallup found the percentage of uninsured Americans dropped to 16 percent so far in 2014 compared to 17.1 percent in last months of 2013.
Gallup also reports that the number of uninsured 18-25-year-olds is declining faster than any other age group. Still, 25.7 percent of these young people remain insured. They are the primary targets of the Obama administration’s marketing efforts. There is an aggressive ad and online campaign to attract them and convince their moms to get them to sign up.
If you know someone who’s young and uninsured, encourage them to take a look at Healthcare.gov.
TIPS FOR USING HEALTHCARE.GOV
1. Use the best browser for your computer.
2. Clear the history, cookies and cache.
3. Make sure your computer will accept cookies. You’ll get a big pop-up window.
4. You may not be able to use a mobile device. Best to stick with a desktop, or laptop if you can.
IF YOU TRIED TO SIGN UP AND COULDN’T
1. Clear your history, cookies and cache.
2. Sign in with a new user name, email and password.
3. If you have a problem this time, check your junk email file for a notice.
DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER?
If you don’t have a computer at home, there is still time to apply on the phone. You can call 1-800-318-2596, or you can call that number and find out about local people in your community who are working with others to navigate the system.
You can also call and ask for help at 1-800-318-2596.