Houston Forward Times

26 March 2014 Written by  TaShon D. Thomas

Get Covered!

getcovered potus photo 2 - CopyMarch 31, 2014 is the last day for citizens to sign up on the healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). With this final push, President Barack Obama and community leaders have been trying their best to get young adults signed onto the exchange. From late night shows to Internet spoofs, the administration is in rush mode to connect with those who are unlikely to sign up for health insurance without the exchange. Speaking to a group of sports icons, President Obama stated, "We’d like to encourage more young people to sign up, partly because since they’re healthier, their premiums are actually generally going to be fairly cheap." "They can find good options for less than their cable bill, less than their cell phone bill. And it’s just part of growing up," the President continued "Making sure you’re taking care of your body, your health."

For those who are still skeptical here are some facts about our age group (18-36):

In 2010, there were 465,000 new cases of diabetes among ages 20-44.

Cancer is the fourth-leading killer of 15- to 39-year-olds, behind accidents, suicides, and homicides. The rates of some cancers, including colorectal, thyroid and testicular, are rising in people ages 20 to 39.

Atherosclerosis, the plaque buildup in the arteries that can eventually lead to heart attack and stroke, begins in early high school, according to Harvard Health Publications.

Young people run a higher risk of a car accident requiring health care. In 2009, 8,610,000 people from ages 25 to 34 died in a car accident, but only one-third as many 65 to 74 year-olds — 2,868,000 — fell by the same death.

President Obama has worked hard to ensure that each American has access to the necessary resources for us to survive, such as affordable healthcare. His work should not be in vain, but it will be if more Americans, specifically young adults do not sign up for the healthcare exchange.

For more information about the Affordable Care Act and its impact to young adults please visit: http://younginvincibles.org/issues/health-care/reforms-explained/

To sign up for the exchange please visit: www.healthcare.gov

Just remember that you may not need it today, but you will need it tomorrow! So just GET COVERED! #ijs