Young adults focus of last minute Affordable Care Act enrollment

By Alyssa Donovan

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- One concern with the Affordable Care Act is that not enough young, healthy people are signing up for coverage.

Forty-three percent of uninsured residents in Illinois are young adults between the ages of 18 and 35.

However, people of all ages say they still don't completely understand Obamacare.

Julie Lipsey is currently insured through her employer but now she's back at school and may need to cut back on work, and in doing so, lose her coverage.

“Me and my husband have been talking about signing up for Obamacare,” Lipsey said.

But Lipsey feels uninformed when it comes to the healthcare marketplace.

"I think that not enough people know enough about it,” she said.

And she's not alone.

"I checked out Get Covered Illinois but it wasn’t really giving information on what you’re filling out,” said Casondra Fagerburg, 19.

The state of Illinois is on track to meet its end of March goal of 143,000 enrollments, however the amount of young people signed up is still low.

Those numbers do not include the 3 million young adults opting to stay on their parent's insurance plans until they are 26.

Some say insurance is not a priority.

"Teenagers, they don't know the first thing," Fagerburg said. "They are just worried about school and getting a career they're not worried about health insurance."

Until they need it.

"I got in a car accident. I was going to be stuck with $3,000 in medical bills at 19 and I wasn't ready for that so I signed up,” said Shaun Jordan, 19.

The deadline to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act is Monday. You can enroll at www.getcoveredillinois.gov.

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