Routine Health Care Costs Too Much
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 36 may be taking some dangerous risks when it comes to their health. In spite of the Affordable Care Act, a recent poll shows that 1 in 5 millennials cannot afford routine medical expenses and another 26% struggle to pay for health care.
While the number of young adults in the United States without health insurance has declined in recent years, 11% of millennials were uninsured in April and 16% "do not plan on having insurance" in 2017. When seeking medical care, 7 out of 10 young people consider cost to be a "very important" factor.
Due, in part to the cost, and in part to the common feelings of "invincibility" in this age group, many young adults rely on friends and family members for health information, take vitamins or supplements to improve their health, and put off seeing a doctor when they should. The Obama administration recently announced new strategies to encourage people without medical insurance to enroll in a plan this fall.
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