Good News for the Youths in New York

Jan 16, 2009

Governor Paterson has proposed that youts (yeah, youts) up to age 29 to be covered as dependents on their parents’ insurance. Just a few months ago, Freelancers Union co-sponsored a public forum called Uninsured Young Adults in New York State. There are nearly one million of them. And while the New York Times says the state expects 10% of eligible people to take advantage of this, that’s still 80-freaking-thousand people! It’s great that Paterson and the state recognize this issue:

• 800,000 young adults (19-29) in NY aren’t insured • This saps the system when they use hospitals for doctors’ offices • Young people, already financially vulnerable, are at risk for huge financial burdens if they encounter a serious medical issue

Many of you will recall that awkward phase in life: You graduate from college, and the good life—insured at home by Mom & Dad, treated at college by Student Care—vanishes like a hermit crab into a seashell. Hellooo in there? My part-time bookstore gig doesn’t offer insurance—How am I supposed to see a doctor? Another great idea on Paterson’s list? Making Family Health Plus insurance available to those who aren’t eligible for Medicaid. Paterson: make it so. Get into a game of one-upsmanship with Obama.