Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Karen Pollitz, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

My phone interview with Karen, the project director at Georgetown's Health Policy Institute:

Karen's contact infromation:
Karen Pollitz - M.P.P.
Project Director
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 525 Washington, DC 20007

Why should you care?
"We excel in how noninclusive our health care system is."

Karen emphasized how dangerous it is for 20-year-olds to be without health insurance. Health care in the United States is extremely expensive and even something like a broken leg, could cost you a few thousand dollars. She also said 40% of 20-somethings are uninsured and are the group most likely to be uninsured. Why? Because many of them are college graduates in a transition stage. They graduate college $40,000 + in debt and the extra cash for health insurance is defiantly last on the list. This group is no longer eligible under their parents after they graduate college.
Karen also pointed out that right now the federal government isn't doing much to address this problem, " Our Health care system is built with holes in it and we need to fix it. This is not a new problem."
This election year will be critical for that. Some individual states are addressing the problem through COBRA (a program for people who are no longer defined as dependents) or some states are extending the definition of a dependent to 25 years old up to 30 years old.
For information on Minnesota's program go to:
Also, go to
or health care statistics.


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