If you’re under 30, you can get health coverage a few different ways, some designed specifically for you. With a range of plan types and costs to choose from, it’s not hard to find insurance that works for your life and your budget.
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Getting or staying on a parent’s plan
Buying your own insurance plan
- You might be able to buy your own plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for savings based on your income. If you’re just starting your career and not making much money, you could get a very affordable plan – $75 or less per month, with good benefits.
- You can pick a “Catastrophic” health plan – an affordable way to protect yourself from worst-case scenarios.
- Applying can be easy and fast. If you’re single or have a pretty straightforward family situation, applying and finding out what savings you qualify for won’t take much time at all.
- One catch: If someone claims you as a tax dependent, you can buy a plan through the Marketplace but won’t qualify for savings based on your income.
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In school? Student plans
- If you’re in school, you may be able to enroll in a student health plan — and meet the requirement for having coverage under the health care law.
Medicaid and CHIP
- If your income is low or you have certain life circumstances, you could qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid.
- If your state has expanded Medicaid coverage, you can qualify based on your income alone – in most states that have expanded, that’s about $16,500 for a single person, about $22,000 for a married couple with no children. Do a quick check here.
- In all states, you can qualify based on a factors including income, some family situations like pregnancy and having young children, and disability.
- If you have children, they might qualify for coverage under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid.
Learn more about Medicaid and CHIP and how to apply.
Get covered – or pay a fee
- Under the health care law, you must have a plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage or pay a fee on your next federal tax return.
- The penalty in 2016 is 2.5% of household income or $695 per adult (half of that per child), whichever is higher. Learn more about the fee for not being covered.