Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus

Nobody plans to wind up in the emergency room, but costly accidents happen — even to healthy young people.

hide captionNobody plans to wind up in the emergency room, but costly accidents happen — even to healthy young people.


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At lunchtime on the North Harris campus of Houston’s Lone Star Community College, students stream through the lobby of the student services center, plugged into their headphones or rushing to class.

Many walk right past a small information table about the Affordable Care Act.

The table is the brainchild of Megan Franks, a health and fitness professor at Lone Star. She knows that young people may be key to the success of Obamacare. The insurance plans need a mix of ages and a mix of healthy and sick people to balance out the costs for everyone — and young people tend to be healthier.

Insurers get paid more for older people under the Affordable Care Act, even if they're healthy.

Rian, 26, tells the rappers about the low-cost health plan she bought on the exchange in this TV ad.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/08/287246614/reaching-the-young-and-uninsured-on-a-texas-campus?ft=1&f=131849999

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