30% of college students report being uninsured, most citing cost

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About a third of California college students report being uninsured and they said the primary reason was cost, not an aura of invincibility, according to a new survey.

The results released Monday are based on a poll of 836 students at three Cal State University campuses last fall in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Jose.

Enrollment among young people remains a top priority for government exchanges and other supporters of the healthcare law. The new insurance marketplaces need enough healthier policyholders to offset the costs of sicker, older customers.

Through the end of last year, 125,033 people ages 18 to 34 had enrolled in private health plans through the Covered California exchange, or 25% of total enrollment. However, that age group represents 36% of people who are eligible for federal premium subsidies.

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