18
Feb
09

DIY or die

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The New York Times ran an interesting story today about the newish phenomenon of DIY health care in the twenty-something crowd.

No longer just for knitters and bike punks, increasing numbers of uninsured young people are figuring out how to fit in health care around their other expenses. The result: lots of trips to WebMD, hijacked medicines, and a fingers-crossed approach that borders on the, dare we say it, unhealthy.

Young folks in the U.S. are twice as likely to be uninsured as our older brethren. One out of every three Americans between 18 and 29 is without health insurance, which means a whopping 13.2 million of our friends are vulnerable to accident and injury.

So what are folks doing about it? Some states are allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance through the ripe age of 29. Here in Washington, the limit was recently raised to 25. Check out this graph for a much more highly detailed, if somewhat dry, state-by-state breakdown.

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