Young Adults and Students

I’m about to turn 19 and I’m covered under my parent’s health plan as a dependent. How long can I stay covered as a dependent?

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Health plans that offer dependent coverage must cover dependents up to their 26th birthday. Marketplace plans are required to provide dependent coverage to young adults through the end of the calendar year in which they turn 26.

While we have made every effort to provide accurate information in these FAQs, people should contact the health insurance Marketplace or Medicaid agency in their state for guidance on their specific circumstances.

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