- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The University of Miami is launching a pilot program to encourage young adults to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The president’s new law relies on “navigators” and other counselors to help sign people up for insurance. Traditionally, those roles have been filled by adults, but UM recruited its medical students for the job.

President Donna Shalala, who served as health secretary under President Bill Clinton, says UM is one of the first universities to train medical students as counselors. The students could play a critical role in connecting with their peers.

Insurers are counting on the business of so-called “young invincibles” to offset the costs of covering older, sicker enrollees. UM will hold a press conference Wednesday in advance of a series of community enrollment events.

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