What Every Graduating Senior Should Know About Health Coverage

May 24, 2016

Congrats Class of 2016 — you did it! Now what?

Before you turn your tassel to the left and walk down the stage, here’s one thing you should know: If you are under your school’s student health plan, you will likely lose your coverage soon.

But don’t worry! You have some options:

  1. Get covered through your parent’s health insurance plan. You can stay on your parent’s health plan until you’re 26.
  2. See if you could get health insurance through your employer. Ask your employer about the health benefits they offer and take advantage.
  3. Get your own plan through the marketplace. You’ll have 60 days from the date your student plan ends to get covered. Find the right plan that fits your budget and health needs. And remember: Financial help is available!
  4. See if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid. If you qualify, you can enroll at any time.

Here are a couple of post-grad life tips to help you get started:

Having health insurance gives you the peace of mind and protects your wallet. So before you go forth and conquer the world of adulting, make sure to get covered.

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