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,”