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Study: More Than Half Of The Nation’s Uninsured People Live In Just 116 Counties

The study, conducted for the Associated Press, suggests that, even as the clock ticks down on the insurance sign-up period, outreach to this target population may not be so difficult. Also in the headlines, the administration announced a new theme for its campaign to reach "young invincibles," while a group of athletes is also getting into the game.     

The Associated Press: Finding Uninsured Americans By The Numbers
Wanted: Millions of uninsured Americans willing to give President Barack Obama's health care law a chance. With time running out, it may not be so hard for the administration and its allies to find them. A study for The Associated Press finds that the uninsured aren't scattered evenly across the country: half of them live in just 116 of the nation's 3,143 counties (Alonso-Zaldivar, 2/5). 

The Washington Post’s Gov Beat: Half The Nation's Uninsured Live In Just 116 Counties
Those without health insurance have less than two months to enroll in new plans before penalties kick in, and the Obama administration is racing the clock to get them signed up. A new study conducted for The Associated Press shows the administration is best off focusing on a relatively narrow geographic area: Half of those under 65 without insurance live in just 116 of the nation's 3,143 counties. And half of all 19-39 year olds without insurance — the most coveted demographic as health-care providers look to expand their risk pools — live in 108 counties (Wilson, 2/5). 

USA Today: Athletes Pitch Health Care As Life 'Game Plan' With
A group of athletes who say access to health care saved their lives have volunteered to help young people understand that insurance needs to be part of their life "game plan." "Sometimes, when you're young, you don't think about the importance of having [insurance] until it's too late," Sanya Richards-Ross told USA TODAY. "I think I'm the same way, perhaps even more as an athlete. I eat well, I train really well, I rest well. I think, like most people, I thought I would never get sick" (Kennedy, 2/5). 

Politico: New Ad: Hey Kids, Your Mom Wants You to Sign Up For Obamacare
Listen to Mom. That's the message in the latest Obamacare outreach ad announced by the White House Wednesday. It targets mothers of "young invincibles" and urges them to get their young adult children to sign up before the 2014 open enrollment season ends at the end of March (Kenen, 2/5).

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