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The Young Invincibles

Entrants: David Amsden

Affiliation: New York

General Interest Magazines below 1 million circ.

Year: 2007

Place: Third Place

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

David Amsden shed a light on the fastest-growing segment of America's uninsured population, the group named the "young invincibles" by the insurance industry - young people who choose to go without health insurance, hoping they can make it through their twenties without catastrophe. Through moving personal acounts from a somewhat unexpected group, Amsden crafted a resonant feature.

Judges' Comments: A nicely written take on the least understood, really big chunk of the uninsured. An excellent read -- informative, fast-paced, and the narrative form allows the reader to get to know the uninsured intimately.

"The Young Invincibles" by New York magazine contributing editor David Amsden.

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