Young adults ages 18 to 34 are uninsured at almost double the rate of older adults. Community colleges, in particular, tend to enroll students who are disproportionately uninsured, including low-income students, part-time students, and minority students. And without health insurance, they risk medical or financial hardship that could prevent them from earning a college degree. Therefore, increasing health insurance coverage must be a part of the college completion agenda.
As part of Benefits Access for College Completion, CLASP has teamed up with Young Invincibles to develop a new guide and webinar for community college leadership, faculty, and staff that shows how to connect their students to health coverage.
The budget President Obama released this week was not the typical Administration budget. Usually, the President's budget is a statement of his vision for the country and his priorities for spending. It traditionally comes before the House and Senate budget resolutions and lays out the agenda that he thinks Congress should follow.
In this letter to the Enrollment Workgroup, Elizabeth Lower-Basch urges the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to take all steps possible to ensure that the systems being developed to promote access to health insurance can also be used to provide access to the full range of public incomeand work-support programs.