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‘Young Invincibles’ Encouraged to Get Health Insurance at Main Campus Event

February 14, 2014 -- More than 75 people filled out cards requesting information about insurance availability Feb. 13 when the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange launched an advertising and marketing campaign at the CNM Main Campus.
‘Young Invincibles’ Encouraged to Get Health Insurance at Main Campus Event

Students requested information about insurance availability.

CNM President Katharine Winograd encouraged the students to look into obtaining insurance. “Even though you think nothing will happen, it can,” she said at a news conference.

The campaign is designed to get coveted “young invincibles” to purchase the coverage that’s required under the federal Affordable Care Act, which will also protect them against potential injuries or illnesses that can be financially devastating if an individual doesn’t have insurance. The young invincibles are 18 to 34 years old. It’s estimated that 70 percent of community college students don’t have health insurance.

Free food was provided to students by NMHIX, and many engaged NMHIX representatives about insurance options.

Debra Hammer, the exchange’s chief communication officer, said that about 11,620 individuals in New Mexico have purchased insurance through an exchange since Oct. 1. About 20 percent of those are young people.

For more information about NMHIX, go to bewellnm.com.