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I’m under 26 and eligible to be covered as a dependent under my mom’s job-based policy. Mom no longer claims me as a tax dependent – I file my own taxes, though my income isn’t very high. If subsidized Marketplace coverage would be even more affordable to me can I sign up for that instead?

Yes. Although the general rule is that people are not eligible for Marketplace subsidies when they are also eligible for affordable job-based health coverage, there is a special rule for young adults. As long as a young adult is not claimed as a tax dependent by her parents, the availability of dependent coverage under her parents’ health plan does not affect her eligibility for premium tax credits in the Marketplace.

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