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Challenge Of Signing Up Young Adults; Subsidies Key To Insurance Decisions

NewsHour looks at the efforts in Wisconsin to interest the "young invincibles" in health care coverage. Meanwhile, news organizations in Connecticut and Minnesota look at the complicated calculations for premium subsidies.

PBS NewsHour: Wisconsin Aims To Convince 'Young Invincibles' To Sign Up For Health Coverage
Experts have said the success of the Affordable Care Act will depend on Americans aged 18-34 signing up. Often referred to as the "young invincibles," this pivotal, generally healthy demographic must weigh the option of signing up for coverage or paying a fine (Freyberg, 11/11).

The CT Mirror: Teetering At The Obamacare 'Subsidy Cliff'
Martin Klein says he recently got some unusual advice from his insurance agent: Work less. A clinical psychologist who lives in Fairfield, Klein buys his own health insurance. For years, he had the same plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. But recently, he got a letter saying the company was discontinuing the plan and he'd need to buy a new policy (Becker, 11/11).

Minnesota Public Radio: $0 Credit Subsidy Confuses MNsure Consumers
A recent study finds 90,000 Minnesotans are eligible for tax credits if they buy health insurance through MNsure. The tax credits are applied at the outset, bringing down the effective price of health coverage. But being eligible for a credit doesn't mean consumers will definitely receive a credit. The tax credit problem is one of the most asked questions coming into the MNsure call center. That's because there are a lot of moving parts in the tax credit determination (Stawicki, 11/12).

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