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.