[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/07/young.uninsured/art.breeweightroom.cnn.jpg caption="Bree Honey, of Maryland, is just one of many young Americans going without health insurance."]
(CNN) - They're generally healthy and have a long life ahead of them. The health insurance industry even calls them 'the young invincibles.'
So, what's the problem? Young adults, ages 19 to 29, are the largest age group of uninsured people across the country.
For Maryland resident Bree Honey, all she can do for her chronic back pain right now is to exercise at the gym where she works, and take Tylenol PM instead of other medicine she needs.
"I'm definitely working out right, to try and keep my strength up and to help my immune system right now. ... It's the best thing I can do for myself," Honey said.
Why? She has to put all her money toward expensive drugs for her depression - without health insurance.
"I am buying my own prescription drugs by myself. ... And I have to pay for that out of pocket every single month. So it's very difficult on me," she said.
At 20, she's too old to be covered by her parents' policy since she's no longer in school. She makes too much to qualify for public health care, but can't afford private insurance - and doesn't yet qualify for coverage at her new job.