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Young adults weigh in on health insurance

Hazard, Ky. (WYMT)-- Less than one week remains before enrollment begins for Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange, called kynect.

Young adults are being encouraged to enroll.

"Younger people think they're invincible," said Millie Dee Stevens, a kynector who will be helping people enroll.

"They think that this is not going to happen to them, but we're finding a high incidence of obesity and diabetes and all of these diseases and illnesses and conditions that can create problems for them later on," she said.

While not all the young adults WYMT talked to were sold on Obamacare, they did want health insurance.

"You can't control what's going to happen in your life," said Hazard Community and Technical College student Don Eversole, who said he would be willing to pay up to $500 a month for health insurance. "You'll get sick one day or you'll wind up getting hurt in an accident."

Another young adult said medical bills had put him into debt, and he hopes to use the exchange.

"I was planning on trying to sign up, and see where it goes," he said. "But my opinion on Obamacare, I don't know if it's necessarily a good thing or a bad thing."

Stevens emphasized that people will have a choice, and that federal assistance will be available for some.

She also noted that pricing will not be available until enrollment begins Oct. 1.

"It depends on the company they choose, because it is a matter of choice," she said. "They can choose the level. They can choose the company."


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