Connecting Young People to Health Insurance

U.S. Rep. John Dingell Visits the Corner Health Center

Above, Congressman Dingell meets with Corner staff and representatives of the Corner's Youth Leadership Council and Theatre Troupe programs to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

On August 13, U.S. Rep. John Dingell stopped by the Corner on his tour of the 12th District to promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressman Dingell, a longtime Corner supporter, joined staff and youth to discuss the benefits the ACA will provide to young people and health care organizations. One primary benefit of the ACA is the expansion of health insurance coverage for individuals who are currently uninsured. This is of particular interest to the Corner which has long made it a priority to help uninsured youth apply for public health insurance. This year, the Corner helped 325 patients obtain insurance. With the ACA and the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan, more young people will be eligible for health insurance.

However, there are many uninsured young people who do not regularly see a doctor and therefore may not know that they will soon be eligible for coverage. This was the topic of Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity segment on August 28 which featured Corner Medical Director, Dr. Kathy Fessler, and Patient Advocate, Lori Partin.  In the segment, Dr. Fessler notes that the high number of uninsured adolescents is “a trend that we’ve noticed here for many years.”

To reach out to uninsured young people who may not be aware of the free or low-cost insurance options available to them, the Corner plans to partner with Get Covered America and the Washtenaw Health Plan, which recently received a large federal grant to boost health insurance enrollment locally. The Corner will have trained staff to help patients get information and enroll in new health insurance.

You can visit or view the video below to learn more about the ACA.


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