News and culture through the lens of Southern California.
Hosted by A Martínez
Airs Weekdays 9 to 10 a.m.

Enrolling young people under Affordable Care Act may be challenging




Susan Hernandez, 23, said she feels it is unfair for the government to require individuals to purchase health insurance under the penalty of taxation under the Affordable Care Act.
Susan Hernandez, 23, said she feels it is unfair for the government to require individuals to purchase health insurance under the penalty of taxation under the Affordable Care Act.
Rachel Garcia/OnCentral

Listen to story

06:24
Download this story 3.0MB

When the Affordable Care Act officially kicks in next year, nearly everyone who isn't eligible for health insurance through their parents, their partner, or their job will be faced with a decision. Should they buy health insurance through the new state-based insurance exchanges, or pay a fine of at least $95, or 1 percent of household income.

Health officials are worried that this won't be incentive enough for young, healthy adults who are critical to balancing out the insurance pools to join in.

For more on this we're joined by LA Times reporter Anna Gorman.