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Starting in January, young adults can sign up for California’s Medicaid program regardless of immigration status.

But a fundamental question looms: Will they?

Some young people already say they won’t enroll in public coverage because they fear federal immigration policies could later penalize them for participating — though that fear might be unfounded.

Add to that their age. Young adults — both immigrants and non-immigrants — are notoriously hard to convince of the necessity of health insurance. The insurance industry even has coined a special term for them: “young invincibles.”

“Young adults, undocumented or not, tend to consider themselves healthy,”

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