Attention college grads: Know your health insurance options

Published on May 10, 2018

Congratulations, graduates! Whether you’re starting a new job or planning your next move, you have options for health insurance. Getting insured may be easier than you think.

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3 health insurance options for new college grads

  • Buy a Marketplace plan. You may be eligible to enroll in Marketplace health insurance for the rest of 2018 if you have a life event — like moving to or from the place you attended school, or losing other health insurance (like dropping off a student plan or your parents’ coverage) — that qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period.
  • If you’re under 26, stay or get added to your parents’ plan. If a parent’s health insurance plan covers dependents, you usually can be added to their plan and stay on it until you turn 26. Learn more about getting on your parent’s plan.
  • Get Medicaid, if you qualify. If you’re working part time, starting a business, or otherwise aren’t making much money, you may qualify for Medicaid. If you qualify, coverage can start right away, any time of year.

Get more information on health insurance options for young adults.