POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 5:31pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "What we've seen here at the clinic, most of our patients, uh, that do come and apply are usually older people probably close to retirement age," said special projects coordinator Cristela Gomez.
And that's not just a local Valley trend. It's something that's become apparent, nationally.
Out of everyone who signs up for the Affordable care Act, only 25 percent are young people ages 18 to 34.
"A lot of the younger crowd, already, we find that they already have some type of insurance coverage, uh, either with their parents or through the chip or Medicaid," said Gomez.
And the reasoning for this trend seems to be directly related to a person's health.
"I would think that a lot of the mentality is that most of the younger, uh, generation tends to think that they're healthier," said Gomez. Since they're not consistently ill, they might not need healthcare according to how healthy they are."
Also, because the majority of people signing up are either middle aged or retirees, they're more likely to have preexisting health conditions. But despite that, national reports say overall, the number of enrollees is showing a balance between sick and healthy people:
"I think the overall goal of the Affordable Care Act is to have everyone insured regardless of their health conditions," said Gomez. "Of course the people that do already have some preexisting conditions would benefit more from applying and enrolling into the ACA."
For more information on the Affordable Care Act, you can visit www.healthcare.gov  or call the Brownsville Community Health Center at 956-548-7400.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.