Matt Peterson is young, healthy and, like many people in their twenties, uninsured. He works at a restaurant to pay the bills and health insurance is the last thing on his mind. “It’s mainly a subject that I never think about,” he says. “It hasn’t really been an issue so far, because I’ve never had any major illness or injury or prescriptions that I have to pay a bunch of money for or anything like that”
While his situation is fairly common, some uninsured 20-somethings struggle with their budgets in order to try and make ends meet while having some type of health insurance. Some of them worry about a potentially costly accident or illness and others are required to be insured while in school.
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A junior at the University of Minnesota, Joy Petersen has been researching insurance plans for months, after no longer being covered under her parents’ plan. “As of right now, I can’t afford insurance through any company,” she says. “I don’t have enough money to pay $118 dollars a month when it means the difference between just in case you get hurt and just in case you want to eat.”