Blog Post List
March 13, 2013
Guest post by Julia Lippman Leading up to my 26th birthday, researching health plans was not high on my to do list. This birthday marks my official exit from the young 20s and a hop, skip and a jump away from 30. If you’re like me, you’ve taken full advantage of the Affordable Care Act , allowing individuals the ability to stay on their parent’s health insurance plan. Although I wasn’t thrilled about being dropped from my family’s plan, I knew I needed to find some health insurance. As a graduate student, I assumed I could swiftly and easily opt into my school’s health insurance—ideally by...
June 30, 2012
You spoke up, and Congress listened. A strong bipartisan majority in Congress just passed a bill that prevents student loan interest rates from doubling for more than 7.4 million low- and middle-income students and their families on July 1. Without action, the increased interest rate for undergraduates receiving subsidized Stafford loans would have resulted in an extra $1,000 in debt for every year of school. Read more details here. Six months ago, most people assumed that interest rates would double. Congress was just too dysfunctional, and students were not politically powerful. The House...
August 22, 2011
Back-to-school season is full of changes: heading to school, choosing new classes, meeting new friends. With all of the excitement, student health insurance can slip through the cracks. But health coverage is critical to make sure students stay healthy and financially secure. Young adults need health care just like everyone else. Preventive care is vital for the long-term health of students. Moreover, sixteen percent of young people have a chronic condition, like diabetes or asthma, that can require expensive doctors' visits. And then there's the unexpected - a broken bone or random accident...
June 30, 2011
As students pack their bags and pick their college courses for the fall semester, a sense of uncertainty hangs in the air. Can students actually afford this? In hacking away at the budget, Washington is debating drastic cuts to the Pell Grant program, which helps the nation's lowest income students pay for college. Nearly 10 million students rely on Pell to help them finance their post-secondary education, and the program helps to eliminate ever-present inequalities in higher education and the economy. We cannot pretend that the cost of college is not prohibitive for many, especially minority...
September 20, 2010
September 23 is the day that an important part of the new health care law- a provision that allows young adults to stay on their parent's insurance until age 2- becomes law. It's the day that many young Americans will gain the security and peace of mind that comes with knowing you can get covered. In fact, over 2 million young adults and families are expected to take advantage of this option in year one, and millions more every year after. So what, exactly, does “getting covered” mean for young people? Why should someone under the age of 26 even bother with health insurance? We are fairly...
January 30, 2009
It’s early Sunday afternoon, and your family is gathered around the flat screen to take in the day’s biggest football game. There are snacks, cheers, jeers, great plays, and heartbreaking fumbles, all before the first commercial break.