Youth Health Care Overview by Priya Mirmira and Grace Bronson of Y-Press

May 19, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Young people are often called "invincibles" in the parlance of the health insurance industry. For the most part, we don't have chronic health issues, we heal quickly, and then only need to see a doctor at a regularly scheduled time. But that doesn't mean that we don't have our own set of health care issues and one of those issues is access.

In this report from Priya Mirmira and Grace Bronson of Y-Press, we hear stories from two teenagers about how they're health care access was put in jeopardy and became cost-prohibitive when their parents lost the job through which they were getting insurance. With real numbers in personal anecdotes, the giant, confusing mass that is U.S. health care reform becomes a little more understandable.

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Hear the rest of the series on health care and youth that Y-Press produced here on PRX.

Music in this episode is by Glasser. This track, Tremel, is available as a free download on Stereogum.