This commentary by Texans Care for Children staff appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on February 2, 2014.
As the deadline to enroll in the new Health Insurance Marketplace gets closer, many are asking whether the youngest consumers will opt for coverage. People between the ages of 18 and 26 are some of the most likely to go uninsured. They also are the group most likely to suffer an injury or death at the wheel and are likely to experience mental health concerns, addiction, violence and STDs.
In other words, young people need to see a doctor as much as any of us do. What stands in their way, especially in Texas, is opportunity.Posted in The Texas Treatment|Tagged Child Protection, Child Welfare System, Foster Youth, Health and Human Services Commission, health insurance, Texas, young adults|