News 12 at 6 o'clock / October 1, 2013
AUGUSTA, GA, (WRDW)
"I haven't ever broke nothing or been to sick to need it like that before," says Deunte Simmons.
He says health insurance is not a priority in his life but now he and other "young invincibles", as they are being called by the health care industry, will be required to carry insurance.
"I don't think anybody's got it besides my grandma, I don't believe nobody's got any insurance," says Simmons.
The 23-year old part time landscaper says he'll pay the $95 dollar fine for failing to carry health insurance come next year. According to younginvincibles.org, In Georgia, Augusta has the third highest percentage of uninsured young adults at 34% followed only by Savannah.
"It's gonna be hard to come up with that money, it's already hard to come up with money now," says Simmons. He and other African-Americans rank second in Georgia in the percentage of uninsured young adults 18 to 34.
Overall 35% of young adults in Georgia are uninsured. According to health care experts these "young invincibles" are key to lowering the overall cost for everyone taking part in the Affordable Care Act.
For Simmons, he says getting health insurance is not on his to do list. "I gotta little girl so I cant really focus on no health insurance or nothing like that," says Simmons
According to younginvincibles.org, nearly 20-thousand more uninsured young adults between 18- and 34 could be eligible for coverage but that is only if Georgia decides to participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.