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While Komongnan’s costs will drop dramatically, he doesn’t count toward the pool of young and healthy people the White House is courting because he’s getting coverage through Medicaid, not the new private marketplace.

Bransfield works for the aptly named organization Young Invincibles and is helping enroll people in DC Health Link, the insurance exchange in Washington. He said signing up young people takes patience, given that most are buying insurance on their own for the first time. The process can sometimes take weeks, he said, as people collect the information they need to enroll or weigh the options available to them.

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But the deadline has increased the pressure on Bransfield to get the students through the system faster.

"We’re trying to make sure it feels urgent," he said.




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