Cincy State health insurance fair this weekend: Getting the young invincibles signed-up

CINCINNATI -- An enrollment fair Saturday at Cincinnati State hopes to help Tri-Staters meet the slowly approaching health insurance deadline. 

Right now there are 56,000 uninsured young people in Hamilton County. Efforts are being ramped up nationwide to increase the number of "young invincibles" signing up for insurance through the federal health insurance exchange. 

The term young invincible refers to the uninsured between the ages of 18 and 34. The Obama administration set a goal to have young invincibles make up 40 percent of the marketplace. Right now, that number is about 24 percent. This group is needed to subsidize the coverage for older enrollees.

"Five out of 10 young adults age 18-34 will likely qualify for an insurance premium of $50 or less per month.  That's no more than a cell phone bill or cable bill and it's a wise investment for young people," said Trey Daly.

The deadline for health coverage is March 31, 2014.

Get Covered America just opened an office in Walnut Hills. The group's goal is to connect people seeking insurance with resources to help them through the process.   

"A lot of folks who are working part time on jobs or jobs where health insurance is not offered or who are unemployed while they're going to school, that's the target community we're looking for," Daly said. Young people who have never had health insurance on their own or may be looking to purchase for the first time."

The Get Covered America enrollment fair will be held in The Pointe on the Cincinnati State campus. Free enrollment helpers will be available to discuss the affordable, quality coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

A recent study found 72 percent of Americans are not aware that they can qualify for a subsidy under the exchange. The subsidy is in the form of a tax credit and is available on a sliding scale according to income.

Click here for the Kaiser Foundation subsidy calculator

Contact Get Covered America: 513-206-0476

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